Controversial Collingwood Star Jordan De Goey has been personally given a leave of absence from the AFL club with no timeframe set for his return.
It comes a day after he was given a suspended $25,000 fine and apologized for his “disrespectful” behavior while partying in Bali.
“Collingwood is advising player Jordan De Goey, who has been personally granted leave by the club, and will not take part in the Round 15 game against GWS,” the club said in a statement Wednesday night regarding Sunday’s game.
“Jordan has not been in training this week and the club will continue to support him as he returns to the football programme.”
Last week, footage surfaced on social media of De Goey, who had been given permission by the club to travel to Bali on his mid-season break, making suggestive gestures at a nightclub.
The fine is suspended until the end of the season, subject to good behavior.
De Goey will “conduct further behavioral education” in addition to an existing counseling program. He avoided any suspension from gaming duty.
Collingwood has also put contract negotiations with the 26-year-old, who is entering free agency, on hold until the end of the season.
“The actions shown in the video footage are disrespectful and I accept that I have betrayed the trust the club has placed in me by allowing me to take my mid-season break abroad,” De Goey said in a statement on Tuesday.
“My actions have fallen short of the standards expected of me as a person AFL footballer and as a representative of Collingwood. I’ve worked hard this year to build confidence in myself to make better decisions, and through no one’s fault but my own, I’ve betrayed that confidence.
“Again, I apologize for my disrespectful behavior. I understand that I’ve let a lot of people down and that I have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.”
The 26-year-old’s statement was in stark contrast to his initial reaction via Instagram, where he had lamented the “persecution” of athletes by the media.
De Goey also said he was diagnosed with ADHD last year and was “trying to become more aware” of why he was making mistakes.
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson on Tuesday condemned De Goey’s actions as disrespectful treatment of women. He was particularly dismayed by the vision of De Goey pulling on a woman’s top, nearly baring her breast.
The Bali incident comes after De Goey was resigned from Collingwood in October 2021 when he was arrested for a drunken incident at a New York nightclub.
Anderson had said De Goey would speak in the next few days but it was unclear if that would happen as the player was now on leave.
The AFL said Collingwood “handled the matter appropriately” and the league would not take any further action against De Goey. But the league criticized his behavior as a bad example.
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