Broad banned over photo


Shepparton News - - SPORT -

Rich­mond has banned Nathan Broad for three AFL games over the top­less photo scan­dal, but has re­fused to an­swer key ques­tions about the in­ci­dent.

The Tigers de­fender will miss the first three games next sea­son after he ad­mit­ted he shared a photo of a top­less woman, who was wear­ing his pre­mier­ship medal­lion, with­out her con­sent on the night of the grand fi­nal.

The uniden­ti­fied young woman has dropped her com­plaint to po­lice, but re­leased a state­ment yes­ter­day say­ing she had been as­sured by the player — who she knew — that the photo had been deleted from his phone.

Tigers pres­i­dent Peggy O’Neal an­nounced the ban yes­ter­day morn­ing, ap­pear­ing along­side Broad at a press con­fer­ence at Punt Road Oval.

Nei­ther Broad nor O’Neal took ques­tions after each made a brief state­ment and it re­mains un­clear whether the club found ev­i­dence the im­age had been shared fur­ther by Broad’s team­mates.

The AFL signed off on the pun­ish­ment and gen­eral coun­sel An­drew Dil­lon con­firmed the league’s in­tegrity unit had com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

‘‘I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for what I have done,’’ Broad said.

‘‘I’m ashamed and I’m em­bar­rassed that I made a very bad drunken de­ci­sion.

‘‘Not only have I let down my fam­ily, my friends and the Rich­mond Foot­ball Club, but most of all I let down a young woman who I cared about — a young woman who I spent time with be­fore the grand fi­nal and a young woman who I liked and re­spected.

‘‘By send­ing this pic­ture, I lied to her and I broke her trust.’’

Broad urged the pub­lic to re­spect the young woman’s anonymity and not re­peat his ac­tions in shar­ing the im­age.

O’Neal did not elab­o­rate on how Broad’s pun­ish­ment was de­cided.

In­di­vid­u­als charged un­der Vic­to­ria’s ‘‘sex­ting’’ laws, which cover the dis­tri­bu­tion of in­ti­mate im­ages of adults with­out their con­sent, can face up to two years in prison.

A sim­i­lar club-im­posed ban in­volved Colling­wood mid­fielder Jor­dan De Goey ear­lier this year.

De Goey was banned for three games and fined $5000 after he lied to the Mag­pies about break­ing his hand during a fight.

O’Neal said the Tigers would look for bet­ter ways to ed­u­cate play­ers to pre­vent such be­hav­iour from be­ing re­peated.

‘‘As a club that’s com­mit­ted to gen­der eq­uity and re­spect, we find these ac­tions to be com­pletely un­ac­cept­able,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re in­cred­i­bly sorry for the dis­tress Nathan’s ac­tions have caused a young woman who de­serves bet­ter.’’

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