In 2013 Essendon asked ASADA and the AFL to investigate them after it was made public that the club may have used inappropriate substances to enhance player performance. The club, coach James Hird and three other staff members were all charged by the AFL. Hird was slapped with a one-year ban while the players were found not guilty by the AFL, a decision overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Wayne Carey was forced to leave North Melbourne in 2002 after it was revealed he was having an extra-marital affair with the wife of his best friend and vice captain Anthony Stevens. Carey was confronted by Stevens at a party after Carey was seen emerging from the toilets with Stevens's wife.
Ben Cousins was forced to leave West Coast in 2007 after a string of off-field incidents. In 2006 Cousins ran from police after being pulled over for an RBT but was subsequently charged in court. Later in the year Cousins was arrested for public intoxication and in 2007 left Australia to attend a drug rehabilitation program.
St Kilda forward Stephen Milne was cleared over rape allegations after an incident at the house of teammate Leigh Montagna in 2004. However, in June 2013 Milne was charged with four counts of rape over the incident. Milne is due to face court again in September.
In 2010, Western Bulldogs forward Jason Akermanis embrolied himself and the AFL in controversy after writing a opinion piece on homosexuality within the AFL. Akermanis's comments attracted worldwide attention after he said that 'homoerotic activites are normal inside a club' and that gay players should not be open about their sexuality.
Ahead of a planned move to the Sydney Swans, former Crows player Kurt Tippett was revealed to have been receiving money not stipulated under the club's salary cap rules. Adelaide were then fined and forced to give up draft picks while the Swans picked up Tippett in the Pre-Season Draft.
Of the many controversies to follow Brendan Fevola perhaps the most damaging to his AFL career was an incident in in 2006 where Fevola assaulted a barman whilst on tour with the Australian International Rules team in Ireland. His career at Carlton ended after an infamous drunken display at the Brownlow Medal.