A country Victorian football club has gone to ground following announcing the appointment of disgraced former AFL star Nick Stevens as its senior coach.
Stevens was discovered guilty in January of assault, threats to kill and intentionally causing injury to his ex-companion while they had been dating in 2012 and 2013.
He has appealed against the eight-month jail sentence handed down and is on bail.
The former Port Adelaide and Carlton player was coaching SANFL club Glenelg in 2014 but was sacked soon after he was located guilty.
But the Red Cliffs Football Netball Club announced it had appointed Stevens as coach, the day right after White Ribbon day, a campaign to avoid violence against girls.
“Red Cliffs Football Netball Club are very excited to have Nick on board and are searching forward to him bringing his skills and expertise to the club for each senior and junior club improvement,” it mentioned in a statement.
Former Sydney Swans player Luke Ablett mentioned on Twitter he had asked the club on its Facebook web page no matter whether it had forgotten about Stevens’ domestic violence convictions.
He mentioned three comments he created on the club’s web page had been deleted.
The club, the premiership team in the Sunraysia Football Netball League, has not responded to the ABC’s requests for comment.
League president Pat Curran stated judgement of the situation must be reserved until the appeal was heard.
“It demands to be considered that the legal process still hasn’t finished, the man is nevertheless literally a free citizen and whilst I’m certain Red Cliffs would not condone domestic violence in any way, shape or kind, this individual has to be given the opportunity to continue his life in the mean time,” Mr Curran stated.
“I feel they’ve most likely realised that it was the incorrect time to announce that and so they’re almost certainly a bit bashful about it.
“[I feel] they are a bit hesitant to speak out any far more in case factors are interpreted in the wrong manner.
“I do not know when they’ll talk about it, but quickly I suppose.”
Stevens played 231 AFL games at Port Adelaide and Carlton in between 1998-2009, and also coached Gippsland Energy in the Below 18s TAC Cup.
Stevens’ appeal is listed to be heard in the County Court next July.
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