Thursday, 26 April 2018

Community Safety MeToo Due Proess Rule of Law AFL Player Sam Powell-Pepper breaks silence as Port Adelaide President David Koch denies Channel 7 awkwardness news.com.au APRIL 26, 2018 .Any accusation of sexual assault “can leave a stain on someone’s life forever”. Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas .


any accusation of sexual assault “can leave a stain on someone’s life forever”.


“That touching was a long, long way away from sexual assault,” PORT Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas said on Thursday.
Thomas criticised the initial reporting of the incident by the Seven Network, whom Koch coincidentally works for as a presenter.
“We believe Channel 7 Adelaide set the tone for the investigation and we’ll be discussing it with them,” Thomas said.
“The reporting from that moment, throughout the 16-day investigation, was about ‘sexual assault’, ‘groping’, ‘sickening turn of events’ and we believe in hindsight, having viewed the evidence, (it) way overplayed the incident.
“It is very, very disappointing, it created an environment with difficulty to achieve fairness.”
Thomas said any accusation of sexual assault “can leave a stain on someone’s life forever”.

Sam Powell-Pepper breaks silence as Koch denies Channel 7 awkwardness

SAM Powell-Pepper broke his silence while David Koch put Port Adelaide above Channel 7 as the club dealt with a damaging AFL investigation.
PORT Adelaide star Sam Powell-Pepper has broken his silence on the incident that sparked a storm on Thursday while club president David Koch spoke about a potentially awkward conflict of interests with Channel 7.
The AFL suspended Powell-Pepper for three matches after an investigation found he had engaged in conduct “unbecoming for an AFL player by being intoxicated in a public place and by making inappropriate contact with a female” on a night out earlier this month.
Koch today accused the AFL of “railroading” the 20-year-old in an attempt to rebuild its reputation in the wake of its own scandals, while club CEO Keith Thomas also lashed out at how the controversy has been reported.
Speaking to Channel 9, Powell-Pepper said he doesn’t remember parts of the night because he was “pretty intoxicated” and apologised to the woman who made the complaint.
He also said there “was no sexual assault”, as had been suggested in media reports.
“I’ve let my team and my club down, so I can’t be sorry enough,” Powell-Pepper said. “I understand she might have felt uncomfortable and I’m very sorry for that.
“When those first claims were brought up, it really hit me hard because I’m not that type of person.
“There was no sexual assault. The AFL and Port Adelaide did their investigation. It took them a couple of weeks but they didn’t find any of that.”
Thomas has refused to publicly reveal what video footage of the nightclub incident involving Powell-Pepper showed, but he insisted it exposed “a huge discrepancy” between media reports and what actually occurred.
“That touching was a long, long way away from sexual assault,” Thomas said on Thursday.
Thomas criticised the initial reporting of the incident by the Seven Network, whom Koch coincidentally works for as a presenter.
“We believe Channel 7 Adelaide set the tone for the investigation and we’ll be discussing it with them,” Thomas said.
“The reporting from that moment, throughout the 16-day investigation, was about ‘sexual assault’, ‘groping’, ‘sickening turn of events’ and we believe in hindsight, having viewed the evidence, (it) way overplayed the incident.
“It is very, very disappointing, it created an environment with difficulty to achieve fairness.”
Thomas said any accusation of sexual assault “can leave a stain on someone’s life forever”.
By singling out Channel 7 for blame over the reporting of Powell-Pepper’s situation, Thomas may have created a potentially awkward situation for Koch, who co-hosts the network’s breakfast TV program Sunrise.
However, Koch was adamant his professional responsibilities at Sunrise didn’t mean he wasn’t able to defend his football club.
“I firmly believe in my position to defend the club and one of its players in a very delicate matter,” Koch told The Advertiser.
“My professional duties with Sunrise do not forbid me from standing up for the Port Adelaide Football Club.
“I have a strong value set that is paramount here.”


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