Reported by 7NEWS, Patton is in hospital after requiring assistance to manage his mental health and has been away from the club’s return to pre-season in 2021.
Jon Patton is receiving treatment in hospital, for an ongoing mental health challenge. The past week has taken a toll
— Tom Browne (@TomBrowne7) January 13, 2021
“We can confirm that Jonathon Patton has been admitted to hospital to assist in the management of his ongoing mental health,” Connor Sports Management said in a statement to 7NEWS.
“We hope that Jonathon’s privacy is respected at this time.”
Patton was stood down by the club on Monday, with Hawks CEO Justin Reeves releasing a statement to members in regards to Patton’s position with the club.
“This is a difficult time for all involved and it is important our club ensures that Jonathon receives the support he requires during this period,” Reeves said.
“We take this matter very seriously and our Integrity Committee is working in conjunction with the AFL’s Integrity Unit to undertake the investigation into these complaints within the framework of the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility Policy.
“We anticipate this process will take some time and we will provide a further update when more information is available.”