Simon Lethlean has resigned from the AFL as general manager of football operations following a scandal over the last week.
Gillon McLachlan spoke to the media this morning announcing the resignations of Lethlean and Richard Simkiss.
Lethlean has now released an official media statement:
Simon Lethlean Media Statement
I today tendered my resignation to Gillon McLachlan and the AFL Commission.
My resignation follows a wrong decision I made to have an inappropriate relationship with a female employee of the AFL. It is an action for which I am truly sorry for the hurt I have caused.
The relationship should never have happened. As a husband and a leader of this organisation it is up to me to set the example. What I did was wrong.
I failed my wife, my family, my friends, my organisation and football by making the decision I have. I have hurt the people who are most important in my life and who I love. They have done nothing to deserve this. I am deeply sorry for all the hurt and embarrassment I have caused.
My priority now is to do everything I can to repair the damage and hurt I have caused my wife and my family and I cannot do this while working in this public role. Regaining the trust and love of my wife and my family will be my total focus.
I accept the consequences of my action and the need to step aside from the role and want to apologise to the AFL, the Commission, the Clubs, the AFL’s partners and all involved in the game.