Tippett banned, Crows lose draft picks

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    Kurt Tippett has been hit with an 11-match suspension, and Adelaide will lose their first two draft picks for 2013 for involvement in AFL draft tampering and salary cap breaches.

    Tippett was also hit with a $50,000 fine and the Crows fined $300,000, while three club officials involved in the breaches were suspended for between two and six months.

    Crows chief executive Steven Trigg was also hit with a $50,000 fine to go with his six-month ban from all elements of involvement with AFL.

    Former football manager John Reid was also given a six-month ban, and current Crows football manager Phil Harper two months.

    Tippett’s ban was originally for 22 home-and-away matches – the entire season – but 11 matches of the ban were suspended.

    AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick announced the penalties after a marathon nine-hour hearing on Friday into the draft tampering and salary cap breaches.

    He said Adelaide’s full co-operation with the inquiry had been noted, with AFL officials hinting it had an influence on the eventual penalty.

    The Crows had decided to effectively penalise themselves at last week’s 2012 draft, handing back their first two picks.

    But Fitzpatrick said the sanctions would send a message, and AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou described the penalties as “significant”.

    “The AFL Commission regards this case as a very disappointing one for the entire football community,” Fitzpatrick said.

    “I want to send a message to all 18 clubs and all supporters around the country … any club engaging in conduct prejudicial to the draft for a scheme involving payments to players in contravention of our rules will be penalised.”

    The charges stemmed from the three-year contract Tippett signed with Adelaide in 2009, which made him the Crows’ highest-paid player.

    Adelaide had entered into a side agreement to trade Tippett to the club of his choice for a second-round draft pick when the contract finished at the end of the 2012 season.

    Charges over payments of $200,000 to Tippett outside the salary cap were also investigated.

    The breaches only came to light as Tippett tried to depart the Crows for his preferred destination for 2013, Sydney.

    In a statement, the Crows admitted it was wrong to enter into the side agreement with Tippett.

    “The board and management of the Adelaide Football Club apologise to everyone associated with the club – staff, players, members, sponsors and supporters.

    “The club accepts the sanctions from the AFL Commission and accepts that the AFL does not tolerate any breach, intended or unintended.”

    Sydney released a statement reaffirming their desire to select Tippett in the upcoming pre-season draft.

    “Although today’s decision is obviously a disappointing setback for Kurt, we have always seen Kurt as a long-term player,” Swans general manager of football Dean Moore said.

    “We will go to the pre-season draft with the intention of selecting him if he’s available at our pick.”

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (10)

    • November 30th 2012 @ 7:43pm
      Oracle said | November 30th 2012 @ 7:43pm | ! Report

      If Tippett gets done by the MRP and rubbed out for one match, does he get the eleven match suspended sentence added on???

    • November 30th 2012 @ 7:54pm
      Contract negotiator said | November 30th 2012 @ 7:54pm | ! Report

      absolutely if Tippett gets suspended, it adds on. It sits on his record for 5 years. Adelaide got away pretty lightly, shows just how much contempt the AFL had for Tippett and his role. I hope he gets what he deserves. Just remember he has concussion issues, 1 hit and he’s cactus

      • December 1st 2012 @ 8:33am
        Kasey said | December 1st 2012 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Crows seem to have got off Lightly. I see this morning Tippett blames the Crows and accepts no responsibility himself. What a tool.
        One more concussion and he becomes just a footnote in Footy history. I’m just sick of hearing about it non-stop here in Adelaide. Even the Test Match last week couldn’t dump this out of the back Pages:(

        • December 1st 2012 @ 8:13pm
          Japanese Super Highways said | December 1st 2012 @ 8:13pm | ! Report

          And Adelaide supporters dont even get to “booooo” Tippett next year……unless ….unless…………..he goes to Port Adelaide ! I cant see the Swans going through with this. I reckon the players will tell the coaching staff to get stuffed if they recruit this bloke. That might leave only Port Adelaide, or a shift to Rugby League.

    • November 30th 2012 @ 11:12pm
      checkpoints said | November 30th 2012 @ 11:12pm | ! Report

      Talk about Adelaide getting hit with the lettuce leaf! $300000 is chump change to any AFL club and being permitted to trade back into the first and second round is a joke!!! The afl should have came down harder if it wants to stamp out salary routing, and similar anticompetitive behaviours.

      • December 1st 2012 @ 8:35am
        TC said | December 1st 2012 @ 8:35am | ! Report

        One can imagine the delighted Crows CEO, upon hearing the decision, pulling out his wallet to pay it there and then, fighting hard to suppress a smile.


    • November 30th 2012 @ 11:37pm
      Bob the Builder said | November 30th 2012 @ 11:37pm | ! Report

      Perhaps the Fremantle Dockers should feel cheated because they lost to Adelaide in the semi final last year.

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      December 1st 2012 @ 10:46am
      Andy_Roo said | December 1st 2012 @ 10:46am | ! Report

      $300,000 is not chump change. It’s probably 25% of the Crows annual profit. And the suspended club officials i think will find it very hard to justify remaining in their roles even after their suspensions are served. Surely their careers are over.

    • December 1st 2012 @ 1:01pm
      fred gallop said | December 1st 2012 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

      Did the Carlton players get penalised for doing the same thing as Tippett, did the Storm players? On rule for the rich….

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        December 1st 2012 @ 3:33pm
        The_Wookie said | December 1st 2012 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

        Actually they did. Greg Williams got an almost identical suspension in similar cicumstances when he moved over froim Sydney to Carlton in the 90s. Matthew Allen was suspended in 2002 for recieving under the table payments.

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