Posted: 24 October, 2012 by Triple M

Adelaide Crows Face Severe Penalties For Possible Draft Tampering

Adelaide Chairman Rob Chapman phoned Triple M's Rush Hour in Adelaide on Wednesday night to reassure Crows supporters the club is not 'avoiding the hard questions' in relation to a possible draft tampering breach in relation to Kurt Tippett's 2009-2012 co

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Adelaide Chairman Rob Chapman phoned Triple M's Rush Hour in Adelaide on Wednesday night to reassure Crows supporters the club is not 'avoiding the hard questions' in relation to a possible draft tampering breach regarding Kurt Tippett's 2009-2012 contract.

The AFL has confirmed it is investigating Adelaide's admission it struck a secret deal to send Kurt Tippett to the club of his choice when it last re-signed him in 2009.

Triple M's Warren Tredrea earlier told listeners on The Hot Breakfast (scroll down for audio) it was the Crows which approached the league about the possible breach, which could see Adelaide banned from the AFL Draft for four years.

"The Crows last week went to the AFL with documentation, not official AFL documentation which everyone signs on a contract, but a separate actual agreement to say that he would be traded to the club of his choice in return for that second round pick that we heard of almost 12 months ago," said Tredrea.

"So it could be catastrophic new for Adelaide, or they could be cleared by the AFL."

Under AFL rules, Tippett could potentially be banned from playing for being party to such an agreement.

Tippett is trying to get to the Sydney Swans now that his three-year deal with the Crows has expired.

On Triple M on Wednesday night, Chapman was as open as he could be as the league investigates the deal signed off on in 2009. It's believed Crows CEO Stephen Trigg and former General Manager Of Commercial Operations, John Reid, were key people involved in the Tippett deal under scrutiny.

"I know there's a lot of questions a lot of people would like answers to ... there's a process we need to go through and we don't want to tamper (with) that or prejudice it," Chapman said.

"The last thing I would want for our supporters to think is that we're bunkering down and avoiding the tough questions or trying escape scrutiny. Nothing could be further from the truth."

"I just want assure our supporters this has been going on a longer than a couple of days. We were the ones that raised this with the AFL. We were the ones that disclosed it. It was absolutely unanimous - I am very proud of my board, which includes Triggy (Crows CEO Stephen Trigg)."

When asked by Triple M's Chris Dittmar if he believed there was any wrongdoing on behalf of the Crows, Chapman indicated he was unable to speak frankly.

"Really good question. One day when we will be able to speak about I look forward to giving you the answer you deserve. But, a lot of parties involved in this and a lot of 'who said what and when?'. The people that were conducting, on the footy club's behalf, the re-signing of Kurt (Tippett) back in October 2009 .. you just can't have more respect for the integrity of people like John Reid, Stephen Trigg and the others involved," he said.

"Our behaviour over the last couple of weeks, I think, gives some surety - certainly I think provides some evidence - that we were never going to accept anything other than a commercial agreement, or commercial outcome in (Tippett's) transfer."

Chapman says he expects the AFL investigation will take 'a couple of days' and on whether he feels the club is in trouble he offered this: "I don't know that? There is at least some ambiguity there."

Earlier, the AFL released a statement  saying: "The Australian Football League wishes to advise it has recently become aware of a matter regarding the contracting of player Kurt Tippett to the Adelaide Crows in 2009, to cover the 2010 – 2012 AFL seasons."

"The AFL is still in the process of investigating this matter and how it relates to the operation of the AFL Player Rules. The AFL has no further update to provide at this time."

Triple M's Warren Tredrea

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Tags: Rob Chapman, Adelaide Crows, Draft Tampering

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