A collection of disturbing allegations have reportedly been made towards North Melbourne rising star Tarryn Thomas.
The North Melbourne participant has been accused of harassment and intimidating behaviour with a number of ladies talking out to the AFL’s integrity unit, The Herald Sun first reported.
The 22-year-old was not too long ago charged with a single count of threatening to distribute an intimate image.
As confirmed by the North Melbourne Soccer Membership, Thomas is going through legal costs over the alleged picture risk, and that he had additionally been pulled over by police for driving with a suspended license throughout the Christmas break.
The Herald Solar has now revealed extra allegations have since come to gentle because the AFL Integrity Unit continues its investigation into Thomas’ behaviour off the sphere.
The allegations made towards Thomas embody one lady’s declare the footballer despatched her a textual content message that learn: “You’re a f**king joke … keep talking sh*t … sh*t going to come around soon … your turn will come … sh*t is going to go down … I’m not a n**** to be f**ked with.”
One other lady despatched a textual content to mates final 12 months that learn: “I’m too scared … i know he’s (Thomas) gonna kill me.”
At the least one of many ladies, who was reportedly hospitalised because of an incident in 2022, had been supplied with a psychologist by the league, which informed the Herald Solar the behaviour alleged to it was “family violence”. The AFL, in keeping with the report, supplied to facilitate conferences with detectives from a household violence investigation unit.
One allegation included Thomas telling a lady he needed to beat her and referred to as her names like “a slut”.
One other allegation claimed Thomas threw a lamp at a lady in a resort room.
At the least one of many ladies, who was reportedly hospitalised because of an incident in 2022, had been supplied with a psychologist by the league.
North Melbourne president Dr Sonja Hood launched a press release to membership members on Wednesday afternoon.
“In light of the serious and confronting allegations against Tarryn Thomas that surfaced in the media on Tuesday night, it was important that I write to you this morning to outline the club’s past and present actions on these matters,” Hood mentioned.
“We take any allegation of threats of violence against women extremely seriously. Respect of all people is fundamental to our club values.
“The club was aware of formal allegations made against Tarryn during 2022 that were investigated by the AFL’s Integrity Unit. Tarryn and the club co-operated fully with those investigations.
“The advice provided by the AFL following these incidents was that Tarryn should undertake training and education to deal with his behavioural issues.
“The club has since built a significant and multi-layered program which includes respectful relationships education, working with psychologists, mentoring, peer support and community outreach for Tarryn to complete so he can meet North Melbourne’s values and community expectations. He has started work on this program and we’ll continue to support Tarryn as he completes this work.
“Should any further investigation arise from new information passed on to the AFL or the police, the club and Tarryn will co-operate fully, as we did in the wake of those initial allegations.
“It’s also important to acknowledge that Tarryn is still to face a matter before the courts and as such we won’t be making any comment about that particular case.
“Subject to any further investigations, the club will await the outcome of the court proceedings before confirming our next course of action.
“Finally, I know that this issue is challenging and confronting, and the club acknowledges the impact people will be feeling across the community by reading the media today. We are committed to supporting our people through this time and I want to reiterate that our whole club understands the significance of this matter.”
The AFL responded to the newspaper’s revelations on Tuesday.
An AFL spokesperson on Tuesday informed the Herald Solar the league had labored with Victoria Police concerning allegations towards Thomas and had “reached out directly to those persons known to us” after the newspaper had put new info to the league.
“Any allegation of threats of violence against women is unacceptable and is behaviour that the AFL takes extremely seriously,” an AFL spokesperson mentioned.
“The AFL has offered and will continue to provide wellbeing support to any person who has come forward with an allegation.
“The AFL has investigated all formal complaints where appropriate and where there have been allegations of criminal behaviour have facilitated contact with Victoria Police who are the most appropriate body to investigate allegations of that nature.
“Tarryn Thomas is currently the subject of criminal charges over a reported incident and while that matter is yet to be finalised in court, the AFL will continue to work with NMFC and Victoria Police and will monitor the outcome of the police action.”
Thomas was drafted by the membership in 2018 and has performed 57 video games for them since.
He performed solely 10 video games final season however stays contracted to the membership till the top of 2024.