Young Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson is currently under investigation for placing a bet on the footy, according to SEN’s Sam McClure.
Stephenson reportedly placed a bet on a Collingwood game earlier in the year, which, according to McClure, could see him miss the remainder of the 2019 season.
The AFL integrity unit are investigating a bet they believe he placed on a Collingwood game in recent weeks,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“Everyone is obviously being tight-lipped about this investigation. My understanding is the allegation is Jaidyn Stephenson placed a bet of under $50 on a game involving Collingwood.
“I don’t know the details of that bet, that will all come out as the investigation ensues, but it’s not good news for Stephenson because the last time this happened, it was then-Collingwood player Heath Shaw back in 2011.
“He and a mate had $10 each on Nick Maxwell kicking the first goal of the game when it’s alleged Heath had knowledge Nick was going to start forward.
“He was suspended for 14 weeks, six of those were suspended so he served eight weeks. He also had to pay a fine of $20,000.
“We have more education about this sort of stuff now, I think Jaidyn has clearly made a really silly error and I think he’s going to pay a really hefty price for it if it’s found to be true.
“That price could be us not seeing him again this year which would be awful for Collingwood.”
The Pies take on the Western Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
Is it really that bad betting on your own team to win?
Understand that they are not allowed to do it, but backing your own team to win actually seems pretty innocuous.
Heath Shaw case was different as he was betting on a specific scenario of which he had inside knowledge.
I always found it comical* when Heath was given a partially-suspended sentence. I know he’s a Shaw, but no one is dumb enough to do this a second time, regardless of whether the suspended bit is hanging over them.
*well, dodgy as. They wanted a big headline and then in fine text wrote “but you only have to serve half of it”.