New details have surfaced about the wild video of AFL superstar Dustin Martin wiggling a topless woman’s chest while she sits on another man’s lap.
After the footage was leaked on social media on Wednesday, it has since been confirmed that the vision dates back to 2015.
The AFL is said to be “seeking more information” and the league’s CEO Gillon McLachlan has described the vision as “looking bad” for the competition.
In the footage, Martin can be seen carrying drinks to a table while a semi-naked woman sits on the lap of another man, who has not been identified.
Martin then slips his hand under the woman’s arm from behind and grabs her breast before walking away.
Footage leaked on the eve of the AFL finals shows the Richmond star handing the woman a drink before reaching out to fondle her chest from behind
The AFL is said to be “looking for more information” and the Tigers admitted it “doesn’t look good” (pictured Martin at practice this week).
The three-time Premiership winner with Richmond was 23 or 24 at the time and club officials have conceded it “isn’t looking good”.
An AFL source stated that the gathering was not organized by the club at the time, the venue was not a strip club and the club was unaware of the footage’s existence until it was released, The Age reported.
It is believed the AFL will speak to Martin about the matter afterwards Thursday night’s elimination final against the Brisbane Lions.
McLachlan declined to be advised if the Tigers star could be penalized over the matter, saying: “You need the facts and circumstances, I have no information.”
He added, “At first glance, the video looks bad, but I don’t have any further information … about Dustin’s relationship with the woman, her views, the circumstances.”
Champion midfielder Martin will make his long-awaited return to the AFL after missing the final few rounds of the season with a hamstring injury.
Martin, 31, also gave a personal farewell earlier in the season as he mourned the death of his father Shane and has been linked with a move to Sydney in 2023.
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said on Wednesday he was not familiar with the video.
“There’s just an old video of Dusty from 2017 that’s up on Twitter this afternoon, I think at an event in Richmond. Are you aware of that, have you seen the video?’ 7 news reporter Tom Browne asked.
‘No. I’m not sure,’ Hardwick replied.
Martin, notoriously private, has been recovering from a hamstring injury since round 16.
In July, the star player, along with friends from his inner circle, launched the fitness and wellness app DRIP, which includes workouts and training plans.
AFL superstar Dustin Martin (pictured in February) was caught in shocking video wiggling the chest of a topless woman
Martin (pictured Wednesday) has been recovering from a hamstring injury since Round 16 and will play in Brisbane on Thursday
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick (pictured) said he was unaware of the video Wednesday ahead of his team’s clash with the Brisbane Lions on Thursday night
Hardwick recently said that given all the midfielder’s achievements at the club, his next step will come with his manager’s blessing.
“Whatever drives Dustin’s decision is up to Dustin, and to be honest he has my blessing. What he gave to me, to us and to our fans was incredible,” the Tigers boss said at a news conference last month.
Martin has had a tough 2021, missing several games after suffering a kidney injury during a match against Brisbane in July, after which he lost 10kg.
Martin (center) celebrates winning the 2020 AFL Grand Finals where he was best on the floor
Dustin Martin is training ahead of his return earlier this season after saying goodbye in person
Dusty and his father Shane were kept apart for several years due to Covid-19 restrictions and the couple reunited for the last time in April 2021
His father Shane, who had ties to the notorious motorcycle gang Rebels, died suddenly in New Zealand in December 2021, aged just 54.
The couple had been kept separate, with Shane living in New Zealand since 2016 after being kicked out of Australia when his visa was canceled over his gangland connections.
Martin was unable to visit his father in New Zealand due to Covid-19 restrictions as father and son were only reunited in April last year.
“It was a tremendous challenge, but it is what it is,” Dustin said in March, just months before his father was found dead on his kitchen floor.
Martin celebrates winning the 2019 Richmond Grand Final while watching from New Zealand
Shane Martin (pictured with his three sons Tyson (left), Dustin (right) and Bronson (centre) moved to Sydney at the age of 20 to start a new life
“I love my father and he made me the man I am today.”
Martin spent his final years running a local haulage company before he was found dead of natural causes at his home in Mount Maunganui, 200km south-east of Auckland, in December 2021.
The Richmond superstar is the middle child of three boys and, in his father’s eyes, is the one who has bonded with him the most.
He was crazy about soccer from a young age, and his father would recall the many nights Dusty would tuck into bed with his soccer ball.
“I used to take all my kids to bed, but when I did it to Dusty, he fell asleep and clung to me, and there was a football between us,” Martin said.
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