Disturbing allegations against North Melbourne star Tarryn Thomas of harassment and intimidating behaviour have been provided to the AFL, with “multiple women” reportedly stepping forward.
Thomas, 22, earlier this month was charged by Victoria Police with a single count of threatening to distribute an intimate image.
But the Herald Sun on Tuesday night published an extensive article that revealed more allegations had been detailed to the AFL integrity unit by multiple women.
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At least one of the women, who was reportedly hospitalised as a result of an incident in 2022, had been provided with a psychologist by the league, which told the Herald Sun the behaviour alleged to it was “family violence”. The AFL, according to the report, offered to facilitate meetings with detectives from a family violence investigation unit.
One allegation included Thomas telling a woman he wanted to beat her and called her names like “a slut”. Another allegation claimed Thomas threw a lamp at a woman in a hotel room, while there were also suggestions he’d sent threatening text messages.
A flurry of texts published by the Herald Sun allegedly read: “You’re a f**king joke … keep talking sh*t … sh*t going to come around soon … your turn will come … sh*t is going to go down … I’m not a n**** to be f**ked with.”
Another woman sent a text to friends last year that read: “I’m too scared … i know he’s (Thomas) gonna kill me.”
Two of the women told the newspaper they were disappointed by how the AFL had handled their complaints.
An AFL spokesperson on Tuesday told the Herald Sun the league had worked with Victoria Police regarding allegations against Thomas and had “reached out directly to those persons known to us” after the newspaper had put new information to the league.
“Any allegation of threats of violence against women is unacceptable and is behaviour that the AFL takes extremely seriously,” an AFL spokesperson said.
“The AFL has offered and will continue to provide wellbeing support to any person who has come forward with an allegation.
“The AFL has investigated all formal complaints where appropriate and where there have been allegations of criminal behaviour have facilitated contact with Victoria Police who are the most appropriate body to investigate allegations of that nature.
“Tarryn Thomas is currently the subject of criminal charges over a reported incident and while that matter is yet to be finalised in court, the AFL will continue to work with NMFC and Victoria Police and will monitor the outcome of the police action.”
Thomas, who endured a tough 2022 campaign where injury and form restricted him to just 10 games, remains contracted at the Kangaroos until the end of 2024 on a big money deal.
The Tasmanian product has played 57 games for the Kangaroos ever since being taken with Pick 8 in the 2018 draft.
Story Credit: foxsports.com.au