NEWLY retired AFL star Harley Bennell has reportedly been taken to hospital on the Gold Coast just hours after announcing his retirement.
According to Newscorp, Police were called to a Broadbeach apartment around 8pm on Monday after receiving reports of a disturbance and found the former Gold Coast, Fremantle and Melbourne player in a ‘heavily intoxicated’ state.
Officers then called paramedics and he was taken to hospital for further treatment.
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No further details have been released.
The incident happened just hours after Bennell took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the AFL following a troubled 10-year career.
“Best 10 years of my life,” Bennell wrote.
“Thank you to everyone that was involved. It was an awesome ride.”
The 27-year-old has just recently been suspended for four games and handed a massive $50,000 fine after breaching the AFL’s strict COVID-19 hub rules while up on the Sunshine Coast.
It was the latest incident involving the once-promising young star, whose career has been marred by injury woes and various off-field incidents.
In 2015, while playing with the Gold Coast Suns, Bennell was forced to issue a public apology after photos emerged of him with what appeared to be lines of powder.
The incident occurred not long after he had been sanctioned for disobeying a team drinking ban.
He also found himself in troubled for failing to return to the Gold Coast after a Perth trip in 2011.
In 2012, he was arrested after getting into a brawl at a Western Australian nightclub on News Year’s Eve.