The AFL has launched an investigation after explosive video footage emerged of premiership-winning former star Shane Mumford snorting white powder.
The footage – which has been widely circulated on social media – shows Mumford snorting one of five large lines of white powder as onlookers chant his nickname.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants – where Mumford is currently employed – confirmed that the Swans premiership winner was the person captured in the video.
The Giants believe the video was taken in 2015.
“The Giants are aware of an incident, and associated video footage, regarding Shane Mumford from three years ago,” a club statement read.
“The club understands the incident took place in 2015 shortly after Shane had suffered a season-ending injury in Round 11 that year.
“The club is extremely distressed by the footage and views Shane’s actions as completely counter to the club’s values.
“The club is disappointed in Shane’s choice of actions at this time and also understands that Shane requires a level of medical support with his health and well-being in mind. The club will be working with Shane to ensure he engages in a rehabilitation program along with a range of other measures.
‘Shane has expressed deep remorse, embarrassment and distress in relation to his actions. He understands he has let himself, his family and the club down and caused great embarrassment to those around him.”
The AFL says it is taking the incident seriously but was not at liberty to discuss the situation further until more details are known.
“We are aware of a video currently circulating and are looking into the matter,” league spokesman Jay Allen said.
“We won’t be providing any further comment until we have all relevant information and have completed our inquiries.”
Mumford, who won a premiership with Sydney in 2012, worked as a part-time GWS ruck coach this season after retiring in 2017 due to a foot injury.
But the 32-year-old was preparing to make a possible shock AFL comeback next season to bolster the Giants’ ruck stocks following the loss of versatile tall Rory Lobb.
GWS indicated it would stick by Mumford but it is unclear whether the revelation has jeopardised his push for a second stint in the AFL.