Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith caught up in white powder scandal

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The Western Bulldogs have confirmed they are investigating images of star midfielder Bailey Smith holding a white powder. Pic: Getty/Twitter
The Western Bulldogs have confirmed they are investigating images of star midfielder Bailey Smith holding a white powder. Pic: Getty/Twitter

The Western Bulldogs have confirmed they are investigating a white powder controversy involving star midfielder, Bailey Smith.

Images of Smith holding a bag of white powder have emerged on social media.

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It is not clear when the photo or the accompanying video was taken, or if the white powder was an illicit substance or not.

Smith can be seen making faces into a camera as he holds a small bag of white powder in front of him.

The 21-year-old is at no point seen consuming the powder, nor is there any suggestion it was an illegal substance.

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs have released a statement to confirm that that club is aware of the incident and will be investigating the circumstances behind it.

“The Western Bulldogs are aware of images of Bailey Smith circulating on social media,” a statement released on Saturday read.

“The club is investigating the legitimacy of these images and is not in a position to comment further at this time.”

Bailey Smith currently serving two-game ban

Smith is currently out for the Bulldogs after copping a two-game ban for headbutting, meaning he'll miss the post-bye games against GWS and Hawthorn.

The 21-year-old was reported immediately after a three-quarter time scuffle with Geelong defender Zach Tuohy during the round 12 loss to the Cats at Marvel Stadium.

Seen here, Bailey Smith looks glum after being reported for headbutting in the loss to Geelong.
Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith is currently serving a two-game ban for headbutting. Pic: Getty

"I'm disappointed to be missing the next two matches, and regret that I won't be able to help my teammates on the field during that period," Smith said in a club statement.

"I understand what happened was outside of what's expected of AFL players. Unfortunately, I let my emotions get the better of me, which is out of character for me.

"I am determined to come back in a couple of weeks to continue giving 100 per cent for my teammates and the club."

Match review officer Michael Christian upheld the report as intentional, with medium impact and high contact.

with AAP

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