Hawthorn have responded to allegations star Jonathon Patton has sent pictures of an intimate nature to a woman on social media.
Hawthorn have released a statement after star Jonathan Patton was alleged to have sent lewd images to a woman on social media.
The Herald Sun revealed the 27-year-old star would be investigated in an internal investigation “following allegations he sent pictures of a personal intimate nature to a woman via direct message on social media”.
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There is no suggestion of any criminal wrongdoing,
Hawthorn were quick to release a statement over the allegations.
“Hawthorn Football Club is aware of allegations made on social media regarding the behaviour of Jonathon Patton.
“The allegations are of behaviour that does not reflect the values and standards of Hawthorn Football Club.
“As soon as the club became aware of the allegations it addressed the matter with Patton directly and clearly communicated that any behaviour of this nature would not be tolerated.
“The club takes these allegations seriously and has referred the matter to Hawthorn’s Integrity Committee.
“Hawthorn advocates for equality and respect for everyone and demands this same behaviour from all involved with the club.”
Patton reportedly closed his social media accounts after the incident came to light.
The Herald Sun contacted Patton’s management team who said it was aware of the allegations.
Patton was an inaugural member of the GWS Giants side after being the first overall selection in the 2011 AFL National draft.
Injuries, including three knee reconstructions, restricted him to just 89 games over eight seasons but he snared 130 goals before being traded to the Hawks for the 2020 season for a future fourth-round pick.
He played six games for the Hawks in 2020 with three goals.