North Melbourne double title player David King feels “overwhelming sadness” over Dean Laidley’s current situation as the club mobilizes to support his family.
Laidley was arrested on Saturday evening and allegedly faced seven charges, including criminal harassment as well as the family violence order and violation of the order of intervention, while the leaked photos of his interview with the police saw a senior officer suspended.
King, who played in the 1996 grand finale with Laidley and also played under him as a coach, spoke from the bottom of his heart. Fox Footy Live.
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“He has done things that are not in accordance with the law, and the processes will start from there, so you have to put this in the forefront of the conversation. It will be played out,” he said.
“The second part is just a huge sadness, really, that he is in this situation. That the family has to go through this situation. It is difficult.
“I didn’t know he was at this point, but you send the text message, you know he will get better eventually, you tell him you like him and you want to help him when he’s ready.
“I don’t want to get involved where he has been and this historic thing. It’s just overwhelming sadness for this whole situation. “
AFL game record holder Brent Harvey, who played 140 games in his career from 432 games under Laidley to the Kangaroos, said AFL tonight he hoped for the best for all.
“This is obviously a very very sensitive situation that we are in right now,” he said. Fox Sports News.
“I think all I can say about this is that I hope everyone is involved in the whole situation, well-being is the first thing.
“I don’t know the ins and outs of anything else and it would be unfair on my part to make further comments.”
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Harvey also played with Laidley in the 1997 Kangaroos season, although he missed the 1996 grand finale.
Several of Laidley’s teammates for this year’s Prime Minister work together to support his family.
“The close-knit community of North Melbourne is gathering around the Laidley family tonight as they are shaken by this situation,” said Jon Ralph, a reporter for The Herald Sun. AFL tonight.
“A group led by Anthony Stevens… is trying to come together and work on some support mechanisms that can help the family.
“They should have a Zoom conversation tomorrow.”
Ralph also revealed details about Laidley’s recent activities.
“Let’s face it, some of his lifestyle choices are well known, they have been an open secret in the AFL for some time, potentially up to decades,” he said.
“But those who knew him well knew his drug use and they despaired of their inability to try to get him into a rehabilitation center.
“It was still working. He worked as a coach for the Maribyrnong football club, had done so for two consecutive years.
“He was going to the prisons, talking to the prison guards as a counselor there. He was trying to tell the Cobourg football club about a roster so he could get some of his players into the VFL, but no one expected that. “