Journalist Tom Browne jumped on Triple M on Wednesday morning, and outlined just how long he believes the AFL will suspend Pies forward Jaidyn Stephenson for.
Stephenson has come under investigation from the AFL’s integrity unit, after he was involved in gambling on a Pies game he was playing in.
Speaking on the radio, Browne came to the conclusion Stephenson could be looking at a ban ranging from 5-6 weeks.
“Let’s say eight weeks is the starting point,” Browne said, referring to Heath Shaw’s eight-week ban back in 2011.
“Then you’ve got to ask whether in this instance Jaidyn allegedly influenced the outcome.
“If it was maximum goals, hard to believe he influenced that, if it was a possession count and he had inside information on who was playing where that would count against him.
“But I think he’s come forward so let’s reduce it to let’s say six, and let’s say for example he’s young and might have a propensity towards gambling, so let’s reduce it to five.
“You’ve got to be pretty careful of a young guy’s mental health. He’s a great guy, he’s had an incredible record in the game, so we’re at five.
“He’s complied fully with the investigation so let’s go four.
“It’s a bad look for the AFL and his bet involved Collingwood so I think it’s between five and six weeks.”