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Monday, September 11, 2006

Cat In Drink-Driving Disgrace

More arrogant recklessness and poor judgement from an AFL player. This time, Geelong's Brad Ottens got picked up for driving drunk late on the Friday night (following "Mad Monday") in the leafy-green - or is that shady? - suburb of Doncaster. It's seems the capacity of footballers for getting behind the wheel while pissed knows no bounds.

The ABC kept to the facts:

Forward Brad Ottens faces disciplinary action from Geelong after failing a random breath test in Doncaster in the early hours of this morning (AEST).

Ottens was stopped by police and found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.116, more than twice the legal limit. (ABC News, 9/9/2006)


The Murdoch press was running something far more detail-packed and salubrious:
He could also lose his licence for 11 months and be fined $450.

Mr Cook said the incident was Ottens' "first strike" since joining the Cats two years ago.

He did not know Ottens had been suspended for a match over drunkenness while at the Tigers in 2000.

"I wasn't aware of that," he said.

"He's been among the more mature players at the club. We expect more of him."

Mr Cook, who was relieved no one was injured by Ottens' mistake, said the player's career was not under threat.

"He's still contracted with us. In my opinion, that's not in jeopardy," he said.

Mr Cook said Ottens had dinner and a few drinks at a hotel in Templestowe with his brother before being stopped for a random breath test on Manningham Rd.

He said Ottens had been taken to the Doncaster police station for further testing and a reading of 0.116 had been recorded.

Mr Cook said Ottens was extremely remorseful. (The Sunday Herald Sun, 10/9/2006)

The high reading - 0.116% BAC - indicates that Brad Ottens must have been noticeably pissed. Luckily for us, random breath testing pulled him over before he could do any actual damage. Luckily for Ottens, the delayed reading at the cop shop ensured he didn't blow 0.15, the point at which you can expect to answer a charge in court.

Will he end up at the AFL Division of the Magistrates Court? This, of course, is the $100,000 dollar question. Based on my discussions with court staff, it seems that someone in his situation would generally be issued an infringement notice that indicates they've lost their licence for a year without appearing before the beak. However, the police may take the case to court anyway (depending on seriousness), or the accused could elect to challenge the police's notice in court. This uncertainty is reflected in the betting market, which is all over the place at the moment, with prices on Geelong jumping markedly before falling back to $1.00 after what (bafflingly) appears to be short-selling of the stock. Meanwhile, interstate teams Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide are going from strength to strength, seeing big price increments. What's happening over the border?

Let's hope that Brad Ottens learns his lesson about drink-driving and that the rest of the AFL clubs look at promoting the free priority taxi service a little more widely in future. Remember guys, you can't always rely on Chris Tarrant to chase up a lift for you.

Citations: ABC News, 9/9/2006; The Sunday Herald Sun, 10/9/2006

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  • I hope he goes to Court (mainly as I own 1000 shares in the cats!).
    Now if he goes to court and gets a lesser sentence, I still get paided out right?

    Extremly silly (tongue in cheek) question: Is there a pay out for a Cheer squad member going to court? ;-)

    Molly

    By Anonymous Phillip Molly Malone, at 6:44 pm, September 11, 2006  

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  • That's right, Molly - the Cats contracts will pay out if he goes to court, regardless of the findings or sentences.

    Unfortunately (for you), it looks like he's going to cop his police-issued fine without taking it further. I've been in touch with the Magistrates registry people and no-one with his name is on the system yet. (Have to figure out a better way of verifying the court appearance.)

    To answer your other query: unless the cheer squad member is on the playing list then, no, it won't count. :-)

    By Blogger Greg, at 2:41 pm, September 13, 2006  

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  • Another AFL personality in a sexual assault case, enter potential St.Kilda coach, Darryn Cresswell.

    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20403647-661,00.html

    By Anonymous Ben Wallace, at 7:19 pm, September 13, 2006  

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  • Thanks for the tip, Ben. As a current assistant coach and recent former AFL player, his behaviour falls within the broad remit of this blog.

    We'll certainly follow this closely. Let's hope the Queensland police have more credibility in investigating such claims than their Victorian counterparts.

    By Blogger Greg, at 7:45 pm, September 13, 2006  

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  • For the sake of completeness, it's worth noting that the complaint of sexual assault against Daryn Cresswell has been withdrawn.

    Why? Article doesn't say. The AFL has a long history of allegations like this being made and then withdrawn.

    "A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the female complainant - believed to be an overseas tourist - contacted investigating officers on Monday and withdrew the complaint." (The Age, 18/9/2006)

    The way it reads, her decision wasn't on advice of police. So something else presumably made her change her mind. It's unlikely those reasons will be made public.

    By Blogger Greg, at 4:16 pm, September 19, 2006  

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