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Beveridge calls for drug policy to be abolished as Bailey Smith speaks, No. 1 urged to ‘pull his head in’

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has called for the AFL’s illegal drug policy to be scrapped, in the wake of star Bailey Smith’s vision of an illegal substance last year.

The AFL’s controversial “three strikes” policy means players will be fined $5,000 and remain anonymous for a first offense, given a four-game ban and making their records public for one second, then a 12-month ban. get matches for a third.

However, Beveridge believes the policy is not working.

“I’m a big believer that it should go away, and there aren’t many sports codes in the world that have illegal drug policies — it’s clearly all based on performance enhancement,” he said Monday.

“None of us really feel like it works.

“Ultimately, the clubs, the people, the voters at the football clubs are here to help and support our players.

“And essentially any player with a clinically diagnosed mental health challenge will never be exposed to the policy anyway.”

An oft-criticized loophole allows players to avoid a strike if they have a diagnosed mental illness and undergo counseling. According to Beveridge, it’s another problem with the AFL guidelines as they are.

“Essentially, any player with a clinically diagnosed mental health challenge will never be exposed to the policy anyway,” Beveridge said.

“No matter when you get tested or how often you get tested, you always get a pass.”

Smith faces a two-game ban from the league for ‘improper behaviour’, in addition to his current two-game suspension for headbutting Geelong’s Zach Tuohy last week.

Beveridge’s comments come as Smith appeared in the media for the first time since images of him carrying a bag of white powder appeared on social media on Saturday morning.

Speaking with the Herald SunSmith opened up his struggles with mental health after the Bulldogs’ big final loss to Melbourne last year, admitting he was going ‘days without food’ at his lowest point.

there have certainly been some really dark days,” he said.

“Even now I haven’t brushed my teeth in two days just because of this stuff… it hits me, and I get waves of chronic anxiety and it’s hard.

“I think I went days without food, even brushed my teeth, left my bedroom, I couldn’t talk to people [after the Grand Final]†

“I didn’t go on my phone or anything, but that was it.

“I didn’t do any training, anything like that – I couldn’t even get out of bed to go to practice.

“I’m sure a lot of people have been through that, and it doesn’t excuse why I acted the way I did, but it certainly provides context as to why I made such a stupid decision the way I did.”

Smith admitted he got into ‘the party life’ last year as his fame rose – he is the most followed AFL player on Instagram – and says he now hopes to be a role model for others facing similar issues.

“It’s a reality of how many people are — the party life I’ve tried to avoid a lot of this year, and got sucked into last year,” Smith said.

“This is good for people to see the path they don’t want to take.

“Many people who grow up can end up in the wrong crowd and do stupid things.

“I want to inspire people when they’ve made the wrong decisions or are having a hard time… there’s always a low point, but you can always pick yourself up from there.

“I own it, I don’t shy away from it … but it’s hard to admit it when it’s so embarrassing.”

Smith will be interviewed by the AFL Integrity Unit later this week.

Bailey Smith of the Bulldogs looks downcast after a loss.

Bailey Smith of the Bulldogs looks downcast after a loss. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

‘Pull your head in’: Roos great’s blunt message for No.1 pick

Former North Melbourne Premiership player David King has a simple message for the club’s esteemed number one draft pick Jason Horne-Francis.

“He needs to pull his head in — it’s that simple.”

The 18-year-old has been the target of criticism from around the football world for a series of incidents in de Roos’ loss to GWS on Sunday.

Horne-Francis repeatedly expressed his frustration with his teammates, including a spirited halftime exchange with veteran Todd Goldstein.

Speaking at Fox Footy’s first tearKing said Horne-Francis’ attitude is “a huge problem in his game.”

“He abuses his teammates on the pitch. There are issues with his own game… he doesn’t really present his best football, but still, he’s happy to spray guys who are 300 gamers,” King said.

“When you’re 18 you go to an AFL system, you don’t know. You’re not the finished product, so listen to players trying to help you.

“It’s a huge problem in his game and it’s a real problem for this boy – from day one it’s been his mannerisms.

“Now I know you can say he’s frustrated they don’t win, but this is abuse of your teammates.

“I think it’s counterproductive to what the group is trying to achieve. I wonder what they are doing there to curb that because this has been a problem for two months.”

Horne-Francis also faces suspension for a late hit on Josh Kelly, who appeared to catch the Giants star on the chin.

However, coach David Noble defended the freshman midfielder after the game.

“He’s a young fellow, a young man learning capers,” Noble said.

“He has high standards, high expectations, so there’s some frustration, no doubt about that.

“But I don’t think it’s limited to him.”

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