MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Heath Shaw and Nick Maxwell speak to the media during a Collingwood Magpies AFL press conference at Westpac Centre on July 15, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson was handed a harsh penalty by the AFL for betting on Magpies matches.

He will be banned from 10 games, the remainder of the home away away season, and suspended for a further 12 as well as a $20,000 fine.

The harshness of the penalty is a warning from the league, enforcing their rules and showing that they have a zero tolerance towards the issue.

And so we’ve taken a look at other examples when sporting stars bet on their own team.

How does Stephenson’s compare to the following five cases?


5. Paul Hornung (NFL)

The former league MVP and star halfback for the Greenbay Packers was suspended for one-year in 1963 for betting on NFL and college football games. He claimed he was only better 50 to 100 dollars a game with friends, but NFL commissioner at the time, Pete Rozelle, banned him on the principle of the action.

“This sport (NFL) has grown so quickly and gained so much of the approval of the American public that the only way it can be hurt is through gambling. I considered this in reaching my decision,” said Rozelle.

The NFL handed down multiple suspensions to other players that same year. Rozelle was later awarded the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award in that year for his actions on sports gambling.


LOUISVILLE, KY – APRIL 30: Former Heisman trophy winner Paul Hornung talks with former Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito during morning workouts for the 129th Kentucky Derby on April 30, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)