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Details on Steven May’s fight with Jake Melksham, drinking behavior, alcohol, investigation, Entrecote, Caroline Wilson report, Melbourne Demons

By on June 16, 2022 0

Demons star Steven May allegedly confessed ‘how badly he behaves’ while drinking alcohol in the fallout from the AFL investigation into his fight with teammate Jake Melksham, according to veteran reporter Caroline Wilson.

The league confirmed on Wednesday evening that it had concluded its investigation into the incident at the Melbourne restaurant Entrecote on June 5 and that no further action would be taken after May received a one-match ban imposed by the club for drinking while sidelined with a concussion, while Melksham avoided suspension but had to undergo two surgeries on his injured hand.

Reports say Melksham floored May with a punch following an insult from the All-Australian defender to spark the fight which spilled out outside Prahran’s restaurant. It is believed May told Melksham the Demons would have lost the 2021 Grand Final had he played.

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Speaking on Channel 9 Footy Ranked On Wednesday night, Wilson provided further details of the AFL’s investigation into the matter which saw both players questioned at length by league integrity bosses.

“What comes out of these interviews is that Steven May fought so hard for Jake Melksham and confessed how badly he behaves when he drinks. How he was out of control that night,” he said. she stated.

“And when it leaked out, I understand three players were trying to hold off Steven May – and couldn’t – as he went for Jake Melksham, whose AFL is not happy, but they are satisfied. was in self-defense.

Despite the incident and a history of alcohol-related problems off the field in May, Demons president Kate Roffey said the club would not be asking the 30-year-old to quit drinking.

However, Wilson said Melbourne was “absolutely adamant he would come to this realization himself”.

May was handed a one-match ban imposed by the club (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

“He feels appalled about what happened and he just said to his club, ‘when that happens I’m out of control’,” she said.

“And I’m told that Jake Melksham apparently tried as many as half a dozen chances to shake hands and say, ‘Come on man, it’s over’, but it just didn’t end. product.

“I always maintain that if you belt someone, you should be suspended. But it shows how scary Steven May was in this case.

“The way Steven May I think was talking to some of his younger teammates was just unacceptable.”

It comes amid a three-game losing streak for the Demons, who were previously unbeaten this season, most recently falling to Collingwood by 26 points in Monday’s blockbuster Queen’s Birthday to drop to second place on the ladder.

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Former St Kilda and Fremantle manager Ross Lyon has expressed concerns over how the altercation between May and Melksham could now impact Demons culture.

“It’s a little deeper than that – he (May) was in concussion protocols, he was with nine of his teammates who knew it, they know how important it is, they know what they are trying to do. And none of them had the guts to say ‘man, we shouldn’t be doing this,'” Lyon said.

“It also speaks when you win, everyone thinks it’s Camelot, everything is perfect. But underneath the surface there’s a lot going on, and it’s not perfect just because you win and it’s There are constant challenges at AFL clubs.

“I’ve heard Leigh Matthews on the radio talking about his entire playing and coaching career, he’s never heard language used to put a player down (like May did), that’s significant. I think it’s not as simple as “we’re all good, wink and carry on”.

“And I think you saw it (against Collingwood), I don’t think they were a big, passionate team.”