Tippett handballs the blame

Sportal November 30, 2012, 7:12 pm
Kurt Tippett

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Kurt Tippett has separated himself from the results of the AFL Commission hearing into Adelaide's draft tampering saga, washing his hands of guilt despite copping an 11-match suspension.

The Commission delivered their punishments to Crows chief Steve Trigg and football operations manager Phil Harper as well as Tippett, while also restricting Adelaide's draft involvement in 2013 to round three onwards.

But despite pleading guilty to involvement in the arrangement to allow Tippett to move to the club of his choice for a second-round draft pick at the culmination of the 2012 season, the key forward released a statement shortly after the announcement of his suspension, claiming he only learned of the illegal clause in his contract recently - despite the AFL announcing it was agreed to in 2009.

"I trusted the Adelaide Football Club and for the duration of my contract I did my utmost for the club on and off the field. It is bitterly disappointing, then, to learn that my trust and best endeavours have been to my substantial detriment," the statement from Tippett read.

"Only during the recent AFL trade period did I learn that some terms in the Adelaide offer may have contravened AFL rules, and since that point I and all parties associated with me have co-operated fully with the AFL in its investigations.

"I have nothing to hide and have only refrained from media comment in recent weeks on legal advice and out of respect for the AFL investigation process. Through my legal representative I asked for an open hearing today in the hope that the truth would be revealed."

Tippett added he entered a guilty plea 'without any admission of liability', washing his hands of involvement in the spiralling saga.

The club Tippett is destined to reach, Sydney, also released a statement following the announcement on Friday night, declaring their intention to pursue the forward in the pre-season draft.

"Although today's decision is obviously a disappointing setback for Kurt, we have always seen Kurt as a long-term player and we will go to the pre-season draft with the intention of selecting him if he's available at our pick," Sydney football manager Dean Moore said.

Should he become a Swan, Tippett will be available to debut for his new side in Round 13 - the Swans have a bye in Round 12 - when John Longmire's side travel to take on Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

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  1. Anthony09:07pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Paulski is correct - He had to know - his manager tells him what is going on - He doesn't have to be an intellectual- he just has to be greedy - so greedy (like his manager) - He is a scumbag and now he is the innocent party.......... He started it and now its over his head........Why do we always blame the victim? and not the perpetrators..............And why did he say he was heading home when he knew he was going elsewhere...............The suns were ready to take him and had the money............What a sham.... No matter where he goes.... he will cause trouble - and the sad part about all of this - is that he is not worth a quarter of what he is getting........

  2. underarm_bowler08:17pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rooster suspects his boyfriend is gay as he keeps telling me his boyfriends willy tastes like shite

  3. underarm_bowler08:15pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    come on people. you give too much credit to Tippet. Hes too dumb to realize he was getting an extra $300k outside of his contract. Being from Adelaide its a usable defense

  4. John10:03am Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Tippet should count himself lucky he got aweay with the penalty he did. It still seems odd that this player remains able to niminate his price in a further manipulatiin of the draft system!

  5. Col10:02am Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Watch out Sydney, West Coast and Fremantle .... your're next!!!

  6. Col09:56am Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Time for the tribunal to come in front of The Tribunal!

  7. 08:43am Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Tippett was educated at a private college and his old man is a high profile business man. Not the background of some dumb footballer who wouldn't understand contracts. The crows were simply trying to accommodate his hefty demands. So much so they agreed to let him go for ONLY a second round draft pick. They never in fact were over the players salary cap? Trigg seems a good guy but maybe now his position is untenable. Their were no winners except the AFL coffers. Perhaps they could use this windfall and promote our game with another Israel Folau type folly???

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  8. Ben08:10am Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Players are too dumb to understand contracts thats why they have managers. Very few if any players would know the technicalities of a contract and whether it breached AFL rules. Clubs are specialists in AFL rules and if they didn't realise it breached AFL rules then how the hell would anyone other than a dumbass expect the player to understand. Tippett is probably right that he did not know it breached AFL rules. Paulski you are a dumbass Tippett hasn't said he didn't know about the contract as you suggest if you read the comments he said he didn't realise it breached the rule thats the same line the club took and they are the experts not him. Adelaide Crows have let him down badly because they by their actions implied to him that it was within the rules and now admit it wasn't thats the reason they have been sanctioned so harsly. As a crow supporter I am pissed off that my club officials are either incompetent or cheats who got caught out either way they are not worthy of the position they occupy and should fall on the sword. To not tell the board or to hide the fact from the board is a breach of trust and unacceptable.

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  9. paulski09:08pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a lying slug. He knew exactly what he was signing and the advantages he was getting. But when it all backfires and he gets penalised? "Not me, guvnor - it were that horrid club that did me wrong!". Karma, you skumbag.