Richmond player Sydney Stack continues to draw negative headlines while spending Christmas behind bars.
Richmond player Sydney Stack continues to draw negative headlines while spending Christmas behind bars.

Jailed footy bad boy’s fashion crime

If being banned from the AFL and spending Christmas behind bars wasn't bad enough, Richmond player Sydney Stack is now being targeted over a "fashion statement".

The 20-year-old made headlines in his home state of Western Australia this week after he was spotted wearing a "one per center" ring most commonly associated with bikies.

In a photograph posted to his Instagram page last month, Stack can be seen poking his tongue out while donning the notorious piece of jewellery on his left index finger.

The West Australian's report said: "Such rings are typically worn by bikies because they identify themselves as 'one per centers' - in that 99 per cent of the community are law abiding citizens, but one per cent are not."

Stack's manager Paul Peos told the newspaper the ring was a "fashion statement" but the report highlighted how "bikie gangs don't take kindly to those who appropriate their culture and fashion" without being patched members.

The West Australian's article on Sydney Stack's ring.
The West Australian's article on Sydney Stack's ring.

Stack is in jail after allegedly breaching COVID-19 self-quarantine orders, which was discovered when police intervened in a Perth street fight.

He had been granted approval to enter WA on compassionate grounds via the G2G Pass system and arrived at Perth Airport from South Australia on December 10.

The Richmond forward was told he must self-quarantine for two weeks at an address in Northam, a town northeast of Perth, but police alleged he later left that property and returned to Perth, staying at a home in Belmont.

Police further alleged he visited the entertainment precinct in Northbridge, where he was found just after 1am on Saturday reportedly fighting in a street.

He was issued with a move on notice and officers realised Stack should be in self-quarantine.

Stack was charged with failing to comply with a direction and his matter was called in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday in his absence because he is in isolation at Hakea Prison.

He was remanded in custody to face court again on January 6. It means he will spend Christmas and the start of 2021 behind bars.

In September, Stack was slapped with a 10-match ban after he and Tigers teammate Callum Coleman-Jones were involved in a scuffle near a Gold Coast strip club while participating in an AFL hub.

 

Stack later apologised on Instagram, but he missed Richmond's grand final victory over Geelong due to his suspension.

"I'm very sorry, understand the seriousness of it and can do nothing now but own the consequences," he wrote.

"I've let down the AFL, the club I love, my teammates, coaches and staff, its members and the Tiger army.

"I also have let down my family, my friends and all of those who have helped me along the way.

"To those who are supporting me at the moment, a huge thanks. I only hope going forward I can rebuild trust in me again."

Originally published as Jailed AFL bad boy's fashion crime



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