AFL legend Wayne Carey has spoken out after he was reportedly asked to leave a Perth casino last week after being found with a bag of white powder.
The Herald Sun first reported on Monday night that the Channel 7 commentator was evicted from Crown Burswood last Thursday after a small bag containing a white substance fell from his pocket onto a gaming room table.
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A croupier then activated an alarm and casino security personnel came and questioned Carey, who admitted the bag belonged to him.
Carey was in Perth for commentary duties with Channel 7 ahead of Saturday night’s elimination final between Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs at Perth Stadium.
A spokesperson for Crown told the Herald Sun: “We are aware of a recent incident at Crown Perth where a patron was escorted from the premises.
“The incident was handled within our standard procedures and due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide further comment. At Crown Perth our priority remains keeping our guests, employees and the community safe.
“As trained professionals, our employees are entrusted to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for customers and staff at all times, and will take necessary action to ensure these policies are abided by.”
Speaking to The Age on Monday night, Carey denied the white powder was an illegal substance and said it was an anti-inflammatory.
“It was not an illegal substance, it was offered to security. Security didn’t take it,” he said.
“They just said it’s not a great look, I understood that, and we left without incident.”
Channel 7 managing director Lewis Martin later told News Corp that Carey has agreed to stand down from his commentary duties for this weekend's games.
The former North Melbourne captain is reportedly facing a ban from Crown venues for two years, which would mean he is unable to attend the Brownlow Medal count at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
Wayne Carey's altercation with Anthony Stevens
Carey was involved in an altercation with former teammate Anthony Stevens last month in the latest sad twist to the AFL legend's infamous affair scandal.
Carey was famously caught having an affair with Stevens' wife Kelli and later left North Melbourne in disgrace.
Stevens was one of a number of players who caught his wife with Carey in a bathroom at a birthday party ahead of the 2002 season, in an incident that made headlines around the country.
Carey was North Melbourne captain at the time, but sat out the 2002 season before leaving the club to join the Adelaide Crows.
According to reports, Carey and Stevens 'had to be separated' at a gathering of former Kangaroos players last month.
Carey told Triple M that he had started a conversation with Stevens because he was 'worried' about the former club captain, a sentiment Carey said was met with 'umbrage'.
“There was a firm conversation – altercation I think is even too firm to say that occurred," he said.
“I wanted to have a conversation about Stevo, I was worried about him. I said ‘I’m worried about you’ and he obviously took a little bit of umbrage to me saying I was worried about him.
“To say that it was a massive altercation and it came to blows and then we left there and everyone was upset with everyone and it was a big thing is totally incorrect – that’s the disappointing thing about it."
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