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Sport The AFL's ugly truth uncovered by Rioli saga

01:50  13 may  2021
01:50  13 may  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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AFL premiership forward Willie Rioli has arrived at Darwin Local Court to face a drug possession charge after allegedly being caught with cannabis in his pants. Rioli was issued with a notice to appear in Darwin Local Court on possessing a schedule 2 dangerous drug of less than a trafficable quantity. The ace forward has been suspended from the AFL since September 12, 2019, a day before West Coast' s semi-final. Rioli was found guilty of substituting his urine during two separate anti-doping drug tests.

Willie Rioli of the Eagles celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 AFL round 23 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Hawthorn Hawks at Optus Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Perth, Australia. © (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images) Willie Rioli of the Eagles celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 AFL round 23 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Hawthorn Hawks at Optus Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Ross Lyon has called on the AFL to give clubs more money to spend on their football departments, warning that more players could run into off-field problems due to a lack of support staff in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

All 18 clubs had their soft caps slashed due to the financial impact of the pandemic last year, with many roles made redundant as a result, heaping pressure on senior coaches and a reduced number of assistants in the wake of the cuts.

West Coast's AFL star Willie Rioli to face Darwin Local Court on drug charges

  West Coast's AFL star Willie Rioli to face Darwin Local Court on drug charges West Coast Eagles star Willie Rioli is allegedly caught in possession of cannabis in the Northern Territory. Three months before the forward was set to return to football, Rioli will face a Darwin court on Wednesday charged with possessing a schedule 2 dangerous drug, less than traffickable quantity, in a public place.A Northern Territory Police media release from April 23 said a drug detection dog was conducting screening operations at Darwin Airport when 25 grams of cannabis was allegedly found in a man's pants.The ABC understands Rioli was then issued with a notice to appear in court on May 12.

West Coast Eagles AFL star Willie Rioli pleads guilty to drug possession in Darwin court. By Melissa Mackay. Posted 1hhour agoWedWednesday 12 MayMay 2021 at 4:43am, updated 30mminutes agoWedWednesday 12 MayMay 2021 at 5:37am. Rioli , 25, was charged with one count of possession of a schedule two drug, after a sniffer dog at the Fly Tiwi terminal at Darwin Airport detected 25 grams of cannabis in his pants in April. Rioli has been based in the Northern Territory since he was suspended from the AFL for tampering with a urine sample in 2019.

AFL premiership forward Willie Rioli has avoided a conviction and been placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to drug possession. Northern Territory police found 24.23 grams of the drug on the West Coast star after a heavily taped package fell from his shorts during screening at Darwin Rioli ' s case was delayed earlier in the day while his legal team waited for signatures on some character references. The ace goal kicker has been suspended from the AFL since September 12, 2019, a day before West Coast' s semi-final. Rioli was found guilty of substituting his urine during two separate

Speaking in the wake of Eagles star Willie Rioli pleading guilty to drug possession after being caught with 25 grams of cannabis in his pants at the Darwin Airport in April, Lyon urged the AFL to give its clubs a better chance of supporting their respective young players.

"AFL clubs are really asked to do what the legal system struggles to do (and) what the education system struggles to do," the ex-AFL coach told Nine's Footy Classified.

Exiled West Coast star Willie Rioli to face Darwin court after allegedly being found possessing cannabis

  Exiled West Coast star Willie Rioli to face Darwin court after allegedly being found possessing cannabis Exiled West Coast Eagles star Willie Rioli will face a Darwin Local Court on Wednesday after he was allegedly caught in possession of cannabis while flying to the Tiwi Islands. A Northern Territory Police media release confirmed a drug detection dog caught Rioli allegedly in possession of 25 grams of the banned susbtance stuffed down his pants at Darwin Airport on April 23rd. Rioli had been cleared for an AFL return in 2021 from a provisional suspension relating to a previous drug charge, but this latest misdemeanour has placed his career in serious limbo.

AFL premiership forward Willie Rioli ' s drug possession case at Darwin Local Court, after he was allegedly caught with cannabis in his pants, has been delayed. The West Coast star' s legal team told Darwin Local Court on Wednesday the matter wasn't ready to proceed. "We're just in the process of finalising some The ace forward has been suspended from the AFL since September 12, 2019, a day before West Coast' s semi-final. Rioli was found guilty of substituting his urine during two separate anti-doping drug tests. His AFL anti-doping tribunal case was finally heard in March, with Rioli escaping

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"They're held to such a high account, but to do that and to get beyond just training (players) for football and putting them out on the field and hoping the rest of their lives and their conduct is of the standard that we all require, you need resources to deliver that.

"That's the first thing (with financial cuts), I think you'll start to see a flow-on effect for lack of pastoral care, support education, time with them mentoring, and we'll see more incidents because they're young men growing up in the public spotlight and we know the media is not going to miss anything.

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"From a coach's point, the burden of cuts in the game and financial adjustment has fallen squarely on the coaches and it does seem unfair.

"There might be some fat in areas, but what clubs will do now is say, 'Well ultimately, we're here to win games so we'll get them to play good footy and we'll train them up and get them fit', but the development of the whole person will fall, there's no doubt about that, and that's the concern."

When questioned over whether the Eagles should give Rioli another chance, Lyon answered: "100 per cent, a million per cent".

"He's been embarrassed, he's been humiliated, but in the context of what you can do in your life and how you can break the law, in my view, it should be partial care, (arms) wrapped around him and supported as best you can," he said.

"I understand it's sensitive for the Eagles if you look at their history with Ben Cousins and they've done a lot of work on education to turn their club around.

Willie Rioli pleads GUILTY to stashing cannabis down his pants

  Willie Rioli pleads GUILTY to stashing cannabis down his pants AFL premiership forward Willie Rioli has avoided a conviction and been placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to drug possession. Northern Territory police found 24.23 grams of the drug on the West Coast star after a heavily taped package fell from his shorts during screening at Darwin airport on April 23.Rioli, 25, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Darwin Local Court to possessing a schedule 2 dangerous drug of less than a trafficable quantity. © Provided by Daily Mail ( 'Shame, loss, humiliation, grief. That's how Mr Rioli feels,' lawyer Mark Thomas said during sentencing submissions.

"I think they'll be hyper-sensitive to it, particularly the optics, but he's a very talented footballer, let's bring him into the fold, help him and support him.

"He's got to get back to being the best version of himself. He's a premiership player, he stood up and he's committed, went from the WAFL to an elite small forward in the AFL and he's clearly got some strong character.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Lyon believes the best place for Rioli to rehabilitate himself is at his football club © Getty Lyon believes the best place for Rioli to rehabilitate himself is at his football club

"He needs support to be balanced back up to get him to be successful both on and off the field."

Lyon's view was echoed by former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, who said the Rioli case was evidence of a complexity brought about by WADA suspensions, whereby a player is not allowed to be at their football club for the duration of their bans, as Rioli has been.

McGuire touched on his on experience at Collingwood, where Josh Thomas and Lachie Keefe were banned for two years after testing positive to a banned substance in 2015.

"What we really needed to do was get around them, get with them and maybe drug test them every day and do other things," McGuire told Footy Classified.

Hardwick backs Bolton, Rioli over scuffle

  Hardwick backs Bolton, Rioli over scuffle Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Daniel Rioli "did the right thing" stepping in to protect his partner in a nightclub incident last weekend.Bolton and Rioli will not be punished by Richmond for their involvement in a nightclub scuffle, but the AFL integrity unit's review of the matter is ongoing.

"They came to my house and sat down with their manager and poor old Josh was sweating profusely. As soon as we went through it and given the 'dad' talk, it was like, 'Here's what we're going to do, we're going to stick by you', and the sense of relief from these guys was palpable. They were never going to do anything wrong again.

Josh Thomas wearing a costume: Josh Thomas was forced away from Collingwood for two years between 2015 and 2017 © Getty Josh Thomas was forced away from Collingwood for two years between 2015 and 2017

"The thing was, we then had to let them go for two years and had to converse via carrier pigeons. It would've been nice to get them and put our arms around them.

"With Willie Rioli, if anything could happen now, you'd like to be able to go to the West Coast Eagles to get support, get psychological support, maybe go into a clinic if he's got an issue with marijuana dependency or any other sort of situation, and see if we can save this guy."

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd also believed that the best place for Rioli to rehabilitate himself was his own club, but put the onus on the 25-year-old to repay the club's faith.

"Football clubs are absolutely amazing and I think Willie is more of a chance of rehabilitating and getting his life back on track by being a part of the West Coast Eagles family," he told Footy Classified.

Matchwinner Rioli might not have played

  Matchwinner Rioli might not have played Daniel Rioli had to convince Damien Hardwick to let him play and ultimately paid back the Richmond coach's faith with a late goal that sealed victory over GWS.Rioli entered Saturday night's contest under intense scrutiny after he and teammate Shai Bolton were involved in a nightclub scuffle a week earlier.

Leon Davis holding a football ball: Matthew Lloyd put the heat back on Rioli to prove the Eagles he is committed to being an AFL footballer © Getty Matthew Lloyd put the heat back on Rioli to prove the Eagles he is committed to being an AFL footballer

"I think he's got to give back to them. They'll support him, but he's also got to show a bit of commitment back to them to say, 'I'm serious, I want to be an AFL footballer'.

"I'd be interested to know even his body shape. Has he got a personal trainer? All these things that can help him rehabilitate himself.

"I think they will seriously be looking at that with Willie Rioli and saying, 'We also have a list spot that we're giving you and we want to give you that opportunity, but you've also got to show us that you want this position'.

"I don't think it's all about babying him and cuddling him, it's also about telling Willie Rioli what they expect of him if he's wanting to come back and play AFL football."

While Rioli's suspension is lifted in August this year, it remains unclear whether the Eagles will bring the talented forward back into the fold immediately.

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Eagles still to decide Rioli's AFL fate .
The AFL future of Willie Rioli remains in the balance, with West Coast still weighing up the prospect of sacking the premiership forward.Rioli's future hangs in the balance after he was caught with 24.23g of cannabis during a screening at Darwin airport on April 23.

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