NEW ST Kilda recruit Jake Carlisle has issued an apology for his “mistake” after he filmed himself snorting white powder while on holidays in the United States.
Carlisle’s shift from Essendon to the Saints was confirmed on Wednesday morning, when the trade paperwork was lodged at AFL headquarters.
On Wednesday evening, the Nine Network broadcast a video of Carlisle snorting white powder, which he doesn’t identify in a statement issued via the AFL Players Association on Thursday.
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In the video – which lasts for about 10 seconds – Carlisle can be seen wearing a blue top, before the camera pans down to show what appears to be a line of white powder.
The footballer then appears to snort the line, before filming himself holding his nose.
“I have made a very poor decision and let people down and for that I am embarrassed and truly sorry,” Carlisle said.
“First, I would like to apologise to all St Kilda members, supporters and staff, AFL fans as well as my new teammates.
“I am aware of footage being aired of me last night and I want to be upfront and say that I made a mistake.
“The video casts me in a very poor light and reveals clearly inappropriate behaviour which I regret but am accountable for.”
After long negotiations, the Saints worked a three-way deal with the Bombers, that also involved Sydney, to get Carlisle to their club.
“I know that in a few weeks’ time when I join St Kilda I’m going to be expected to be open and honest with my new club so want to start by confirming my error of judgment right now,” Carlisle continued.
“St Kilda have shown great confidence in me and when I start with them I will need to earn their respect and win back the confidence of the playing group and broader Saints community.
“I will learn from my mistake and when I return to Australia I will commit to any club or AFL requirements or educational programs.
“Again, I apologise for my behaviour and stress that when I join my new club, I will do everything I can to live up to the standards and values they are building at St Kilda.”