During the Mad Monday celebrations, Dustin Martin appeared to touch the breast of a topless woman in a leaked video. He won’t be punished by the AFL for this act.
As the woman sits on the lap of another gentleman, Martin reaches around from behind her and grabs her breast as she sits on his lap. The incident took place in 2015, but only came to light days before Richmond’s AFL final against Brisbane.
Footy great Garry Lyon called the incident “the AFL’s worst nightmare” on the launch of this finals series back in early September.
Nevertheless, Martin avoided sanctions from the AFL over the incident, according to the Herald Sun.
The incident did not occur at a sanctioned club event, and the woman has not complained about Martin’s behavior.
According to the Herald Sun, no further action will be taken by the AFL.
According to the report, “The AFL’s respect and responsibility policy is a victim-led policy, making it difficult – but not impossible – to leverage penalties without a complaint.”
Despite an injury-plagued year and speculation he might move north far away from the Victorian AFL bubble, Martin will return to Richmond for pre-season training in December.
Nevertheless, he will honor his contract for the next two years.
Among AFL’s greatest players, the 31-year-old is widely regarded.
He has endured a long list of off-field controversies despite his on-field heroics.
A two-week suspension was imposed on him by the club in 2012 after he missed a training session.
Running a red light in 2013 led to a fine, and driving suspension in 2014 led to a fine.
A Japanese restaurant in Melbourne reported Martin for making threats in 2015.
After Shane, 54, died at his New Zealand home on December 17, 2021, Dusty has endured a difficult past year.
Drugs and steroids were present in Shane’s system when he died from cardiovascular disease.
Mr Martin’s heart was enlarged by 600g at post-mortem, about twice the size of the average man’s.