Two Adelaide Crows players have allegedly been caught with illicit drugs days after the team’s horror season mercifully ended.
Star midfielder Brad Crouch and his teammate forward Tyson Stengle were stopped by police in the Adelaide CBD early on Monday morning.
They avoided any criminal charges but will likely face sanctions from the football club, the AFL or both.
Star midfielder Brad Crouch (pictured with coach Matthew Nicks) and his teammate were stopped by police in the Adelaide CBD early on Monday morning
Stengle, 21, was already in hot water after allegedly being caught drink driving at 0.125 blood alcohol level in April.
Adelaide football manager Adam Kelly said the pair would be ‘counselled’ and given appropriate support’.
‘First and foremost the alleged conduct is serious and we will continue to ask questions and make sure we have all of the facts before settling on a definitive position going forward,’ he said.
‘The club will also liaise closely with the AFL and AFL Players’ Association during this process including working through any consequences under the AFL’s illicit drug policy.
‘What is absolutely clear is that all players across the league are well educated about drug use and relevant policies.
‘As an organisation we take a very strong stance against any behaviour of this kind.
‘The wellbeing of Brad and Tyson is also paramount and we will make sure they receive appropriate support.’
Crouch, 26, is one of the Crows’ few stars but had a down year in 2020 and is the subject of intense trade rumours
Tyson Stengle was also stopped by police at the same time and was already in hot water after allegedly being caught drink driving at 0.125 blood alcohol level in April
Adelaide finished bottom of the ladder, ‘winning’ its first-ever wooden spoon, at the end of the regular season last weekend.
The club lost its first 13 matches and finished with just two wins from 17 games in a disastrous first year from new coach Matthew Nicks.
Stengle was suspended for four matches early in the season after the alleged drink driving incident as he was driving an unregistered car at the time.
He is yet to enter a plea and had an August 31 adjourned because he couldn’t appear due to coronavirus restrictions.
Instead he will face Adelaide Magistrates Court on October 23.
The small forward barely played in his first three AFL seasons before getting a kick in 12 games this year and earning a two-year contract extension.
Crouch, 26, is one of the Crows’ few stars but had a down year in 2020 and is the subject of intense contract rumours.
The former club champion wants a big-money extension but his lackluster year didn’t get him inside the team’s top-10 ranked players.
Contracts stalled earlier this year with Crouch and the club some distance apart on terms, and other teams like Geelong are interested in poaching him.
However, his close shave with the law and potential 2021 suspension could affect the market for the restricted free agent.