AFL star Jordan De Goey has escaped serious punishment over an altercation in a New York bar last year.
- Jordan De Goey has pleaded guilty in Manhattan’s Criminal Court to harassment in the second degree
- Under the jurisdiction’s laws, the charge is considered a violation, not a crime
- He has agreed to undergo 10 counselling sessions for alcohol treatment and anger management
The Collingwood player appeared via video link this morning with Manhattan’s Criminal Court, following his arrest on October 30 after the incident, which resulted in him spending a night in jail.
De Goey pleaded guilty to harassment in the second degree, which is considered a violation, not a crime.
Three, more-serious charges against him were dropped.
The footballer apologised for his actions and agreed to undergo 10 counselling sessions for alcohol treatment and anger management.
De Goey rejoined his Collingwood teammates for training earlier this month, after charges over the altercation were downgraded from assault to harassment.
At that time, Collingwood chief executive Mark Anderson said De Goey had a “responsibility” to change his behaviour, to enable him to be “a great footballer for us” and “a better person”.
“We can’t be in this situation again. He’s understanding that,” Anderson told reporters.
Source: AFL NEWS ABC