Hawthorn’s Travis Tuck has become the first player to record a third strike under the AFL’s illicit-drugs rules and has been banned from playing AFL for 3 months.
After receiving his first strike Travis Tuck was fined $5000, after receiving his second strike he was banned for six games. Both strikes were awarded to him after he returned positive results in the AFL’s drug testing scheme.
His third strike was received after Victoria Police found him unconscious in his car in Lyall Road Berwick late last Friday evening where Police also found a jar, which is suspected of containing the illicit ‘party’ drug GHB – gamma hydroxybutyrate.
After a three and a half hour AFL Tribunal hearing, the Tribunal banned Tuck from AFL for 12 weeks (the first 3 months of AFL in 2011). This penalty is the minimum penalty that can be awarded after three strikes; he was also fined $5000. He will be permitted to return to the VFL after 8 weeks of his ban.
When making their decision the AFL Tribunal took in account the fact that Tuck was suffering from depression, hence the minimum penalty he received..
On Hawthorn’s official website, Travis Tuck stated that he completely accepted the consequences of his actions. “I have been dealing with personal and medical issues for the past 12 months”. He added that the incident on Friday evening was a major setback for him and that he is “truly sorry” for the anxiety his actions have caused his family, friends and the Hawthorn Football Club.
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