AFL player Tarryn Thomas charged with allegedly harassing ex after coach vouched for second chance

Tarryn Thomas, the disgraced former North Melbourne footballer, is facing fresh allegations after being sacked by the club in February and receiving an 18-week ban from the AFL for inappropriate behavior with a woman. Thomas is now accused of making harassing phone calls to his ex-partner, leading to his arrest and charge for breaching a court order.

The allegations were reported to Victoria Police last month, jeopardizing Thomas’s chances of returning to the AFL. Despite some clubs considering giving him a second chance, the new allegations have put his future in the league in jeopardy. Essendon coach Brad Scott had previously supported Thomas, stating that he deserved another opportunity in footy.

After being cut by the Kangaroos and handed a lengthy suspension for previous conduct breaches, including threatening the same woman on social media, Thomas now faces further legal trouble. A search warrant was executed at an Ormond property, resulting in his arrest for allegedly using telecommunications to harass his ex-partner.

Thomas has been bailed to appear at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court and is prohibited from playing football at any level until July 22. This is not the first time Thomas has been in legal trouble, as he was previously charged with threatening to distribute an intimate image of a woman, which was later changed to using a carriage service to harass. Despite these charges, he managed to avoid a conviction by paying a fine to a charity.

The AFL has taken a strong stance against violence against women in 2024, with measures such as a minute’s silence observed before all round eight matches. Thomas’s case highlights the ongoing challenges faced by the league in addressing issues of misconduct and ensuring the safety and respect of all individuals involved in the sport.

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