Not long ago, when certain rugby players on a certain losing side was involved in a late night adult beverage fueled incident of bad behaviour, it was suggested by some that the players would have been overlooked had their side been winning.
The lie was given to that claim when Port Adelaide Power midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper fell under the scrutiny spotlight of the league after a Channel Seven report revealed that Powell-Pepper is under investigation over allegations by a woman who claims that Powell-Pepper put his hands up her skirt.
The Power is undefeated to this stage of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, so the safe conclusion is that winning does not confer immunity.
As is typical in these days of incessant coverage of every breath by anyone even remotely associated with a sports club, Port was quick to respond.
“Port Adelaide are investigating an allegation one of their players was involved in an incident at an Adelaide bar on Sunday morning,” they said in remarks made public by the AAP and The Advertiser.
“The club has advised the AFL and will not be making further comment until it has all the information at hand.”
At hand, indeed. Will Powell-Pepper have to submit a skin tissue sample to detect the presence of DNA from the woman making the allegations?
The SA police are not yet involved. The alleged incident took place at Mr. Kim’s, a popular nightspot on Crippen Place, just a short stroll of two kilometres away from the Adelaide Oval.
Two close to the office, perhaps, Mr. Powell-Pepper?
According to Fox Footy’s AFL 360, the woman involved did not intend to take the matter to the police, expressing the preference that the matter be handled internally.
Cue sound of cash registers ringing.
Only those of the older set will understand that reference, as it has been more than a few years since the sound of a cash register ringing was actually heard.
There have been rumours that Port will stand Powell-Pepper down for the upcoming Round 4 game with the Essendon Bombers.
Part of him needs to be stood down.