AFL player Tyson Stengle stood down by Adelaide Crows over third incident this year
Adelaide Crows player Tyson Stengle has been stood down, effective immediately, over what the club is describing as an "off-field matter".Key points:
- It is the third off-field incident involving the young forward this year
- He was caught with an illicit substance, and pleaded guilty to drink driving in October
- Another young Crow, Josh Worrell, was yesterday fined for using his phone and drink-driving
In a statement this morning, the club said it was "aware of an off-field matter" involving Stengle who has been "stood down from all club duties effective immediately as the club ascertains all relevant details on the situation".
It is the third off-field incident this year involving Stengle who, in October, pleaded guilty to drink driving, just weeks after he was caught in possession of an illicit substance.
The statement said the club was working with the AFL, the AFL Players Association and Stengle's management in relation to the matter.
"While the club acknowledges there will be significant media and public interest, it is not in a position to make further comment at this stage," it said.
"More information will be provided as soon as possible."
Stengle returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.125 in April when he was pulled over by police at Morphettville in Adelaide's south-west.
The Adelaide Football Club fined Stengle $2,500 and suspended him for four matches following the incident.
After pleading guilty, Stengle expressed remorse for his actions.
"This has been a tough year for me and I deeply apologise to those hurt by my poor decisions," Stengle said in October.
"I [want] to learn from my mistakes … so I can make better decisions."
Yesterday morning, police fined another young Crow, Josh Worrell, for drink-driving and using his mobile phone while at the wheel.
According to the club, Worrell holds a probationary licence and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.056.
"[He] will be issued with an expiation notice for using his mobile phone while driving, as well as having a low level … concentration of alcohol in his blood," the club said.
Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly said that while it was a police matter, the club would consider enforcing an additional sanction.
"Josh is disappointed and rightfully so as this behaviour is clearly a breach of our standards and those of the community," Kelly said.