Geelong midfielder Jack Steven reportedly spoke to investigators for the first time on Friday, with the investigation expected to be finalised within days.
Steven’s ex-partner, who lives in their former home in Brighton East, has reportedly also been spoken to by detectives. There is no suggestion she was directly involved in the incident.
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It remains unclear why Steven didn’t speak to detectives more than five days after the incident.
Geelong president Colin Carter recently fired back at Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, who urged the Cats to provide full transparency over the events surrounding Steven’s injury, claiming it’s an “easy solution” to stop speculation.
Carter told the Herald Sun McGuire was “hopelessly conflicted” and that the Steven issue was “none of his business”.
Geelong coach Chris Scott spoke to the media this week, cautioning anyone from linking Steven’s struggles with his mental health to the incident that led to his hospitalisation.
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“I get the feeling that some people want to roll some of the previous problems that Jack has had into this current situation and I would caution against that,” Scott told reporters.
“I think it’s wrong that some people have jumped the gun and said that this is an AFL integrity matter and somehow Jack has a case to answer before he is allowed to play footy again. I just think that is assuming the worst in people.”
Steven made the move to Geelong at the end of the 2019 season. The four-time St Kilda best and fairest wanted to be closer to his family and friends.