Re: ~~Official AFL 2012 Discussion Thread ~~ ft. GWS
The AFL has thrown the book at Adelaide Football Club and Kurt Tippett after a hearing into charges regarding salary cap breaches and draft tampering.
AFL commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick made the announcement saying the commission wanted to send a message to the AFL community.
Tippett was handed a 22-game ban but 11 of those games will be suspended for the next five years. He was also suspended from competing in the pre-season competition and fined $50,000.
The homeless key forward released a statement saying he was disappointed his trust had been taken advantage of.
"I trusted the Adelaide Football Club and for the duration of my contract I did my utmost for the club on and off the field. It is bitterly disappointing, then, to learn that my trust and best endeavours have been to my substantial detriment," he said.
"I pleaded guilty to the two charges on advice without any admission of liability and despite being assured there were valid defences available to me in respect to both charges.
"I am glad that this matter is now finalised and I look forward to moving on and playing football."
His former employers, Adelaide Crows were fined $300,000 and banned from the first two rounds of the 2013 draft.
Crows chief executive Steven Trigg was fined $50,000 and banned from football activities - including attending AFL games - for 12 months, six months of which is suspended for 5 years.
Former Crows football operations manager John Reid was also banned for 12 months, six months of which is suspended for five years. Reid's replacement, Crows current football operations manager, Phil Harper was banned for two months with a four month suspended sentence.
The Crows had already withdrawn its first two picks in the recent draft, saving it from further sanctions.
Fitzpatrick commended the Crows on their co-operation during the investigation but such transgressions could not be tolerated.
"There can be no room in our game to breach our rules," he said.
How could Tippett not know? Dickhead.