A video displaying Dustin Martin allegedly touching a woman’s breast is beneath investigation because it threatens to overshadow Richmond’s preparation for Thursday evening’s elimination final against Brisbane.
The celebrity, who’s been named to play his first AFL sport in two months after recovering from a hamstring damage, is seen in a video which has been circulating on social media.
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The footage reveals Martin strolling up behind the woman and touching her breast, allegedly with out consent.
It’s unknown the place and when the incident occurred, however there are strategies the footage was taken from end-of-season celebrations in the previous 5 years.
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was unaware of the footage when requested about it at a press convention exterior the Gabba on Wednesday.
The footage is being investigated by the AFL, in line with the Herald Solar.
The unwelcome distraction comes as Richmond begins its finals marketing campaign against the Lions on Thursday evening, because the Tigers bid to win the premiership from seventh.
Martin, 31, hasn’t performed since straining his hamstring against West Coast on July 3.
And the coach stated Martin, who would seemingly play ahead of the ball, would be a part of him regardless of being “probably about 80 per cent”.
“He’s a certain starter; he’s turned the corner the last three weeks,” Hardwick stated.
“Who is 100 per cent at this stage of the season? Eighty per cent Dustin Martin is pretty formidable, I’d still hate to play on him.
“What impact we get we’re not too sure; anything we get from him on a spiritual level will be very, very important and everything on field will be a bonus for us.”