Demon fined for misleading investigators in betting probe
MELBOURNE defender Jake Melksham has been fined $10,000 after "misleading AFL investigators".
The Demon was slapped with the sanction after providing false evidence during an inquiry into activity on his betting account.
In a statement, the league said Melksham wasn't under investigation for betting on AFL matches but came under scrutiny because it appeared he had allowed other people to use his account.
"It is crucial for the integrity of the competition that participants in the AFL give honest evidence in the course of investigations under the AFL rules," AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said in a statement on Thursday.
"Jake has acknowledged his mistake in this case, is genuinely remorseful and will assist us to deliver this message in the future to players coming into the AFL competition."
Melksham, 25, pleaded guilty to the charge and will assist the AFL in future education programs.
The former Bomber - who served a 12-month suspension as a result of Essendon's supplements saga last year - was fined under Rule 2.5(c), which states a person must not "give any false or misleading evidence to any hearing, investigation, inquiry or appeal conducted under the AFL rules and regulations".
Melbourne also released a statement saying Melksham had made a mistake but had been cleared of any wrongdoing relating to his own betting activity.
"Although Jake has been cleared of any wrongdoing relating to the betting activity from June last year, his mistake was not presenting all the information to the AFL investigators at the time of initial contact," Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney said.
"He accepts his sanction on that front.
"All players and staff, when asked to be involved in an AFL investigation, must take them seriously and provide all the information when required.
"Jake is genuinely remorseful about his mistake and as a club we will continue to support and educate all our players on the importance of these matters."