AFL football player Jaidyn Stephenson has been suspended by the league for 10 games after it was found that he'd bet on three games that included his team.
The suspension is the longest ever doled out by the AFL, and is actually for 22 games, with 12 suspended over the length of Stephenson's career. The wagers included Collingwood to win, Collingwood's winning margin, Stephenson to kick a goal, Stephenson to kick multiple goals, Collingwood teammates to kick a goal, Collingwood teammates to kick multiple goals and Collingwood teammates to have in excess of a certain number of disposals (kicks or passes). In total he wagered A$36 and all of the wagers he placed lost, but Stephenson is the biggest loser, as he has also been fined A$20,000.
In a statement regarding the suspension Stephenson wrote: It was an incredibly naive thing to do. I'm embarrassed that I've let myself, my family, my teammates and our loyal fans down and I'm devastated that I won't be able to pull on a Collingwood jumper for the next 10 weeks.
"I want to issue an unreserved apology to those who I have let down and hope that in time I can earn back any trust that I have lost.
"I can't change the past, but what's most important is what I do next."
That's a hefty fine. I wonder what he'll have to give up in terms of salary. Do they publish that number for AFL?
I feel sorry for the kid. He only bet $36 so he's guilty of stupidity more than corruption. I can't find any info on what he earns and I don't follow the sport so I have no idea of even a ballpark number.
However if he's betting on things that he or his teammates do in a match, he's leaving himself open to accusations that the bets could influence what he does in the match. So I think that the AFL is right to have a ban on players betting. However the AFL look like massive flaming hypocrites while they accept millions from sportsbetting companies in sponsorship, with all their advertising aimed squarely at young men just like this guy.
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That is such a STUPID thing to do, he knows it's not allowed but he gambled a measly $36 (AUD!!) on his career and integrity. If you're going to take the risk at least make it worthwhile!
So, you're saying he should have wagered at least $40, klaw? 😂
at least! 😉
Well, obviously betting just A$36 probably means his paycheck is not that large, isn't it 😉
From what I've heard AFL players are not well paid at all compared to some other athletes but I don't have any numbers really.
I got Ed's point about the hypocrisy of the AFL but in the end I think the punishment is probably justified , you wont prevent this happening in future if you ban him for 2 games and fine the guy like A$500.
Which makes it a lot worst is that he has put the stakes on his own team I think, otherwise the fine and the ban would it be a lot lighter.. if any.
But he's a young guy and will learn from that I guess...although it's an expensive A$20 000 to be learned really.