Elijah Taylor has been sacked by the Sydney Swans after pleading guilty to the aggravated assault of his ex-girlfriend in Perth.
The rookie was stood down by the club when the allegations first surfaced earlier this year, but was officially let go on Monday.
“The situation Elijah and the club has found itself in is deeply regrettable. Elijah has made some very poor decisions which have led us to this point, and he acknowledges that,” Sydney Swans boss Charlie Gardiner said in a statement on Monday.
“This is certainly not a position we have arrived at lightly, however Elijah’s actions could not be reconciled.”
“This is certainly not a position we have arrived at lightly, however Elijah’s actions could not be reconciled."
The Sydney Swans have parted ways with player Elijah Taylor https://t.co/aMqjUKlbZm
— Sydney Swans (@sydneyswans) November 30, 2020
“It is obviously a sensitive situation and a legal process is still to play out, but in working with Elijah and his management, our collective view was that the right call for both Elijah and the club is to part ways.
“We have also consulted with the AFLPA and appreciate the support James Gallagher and his team has provided during the process.”
“This has been an incredibly difficult situation for Elijah, his family, and those involved. We are keen to see Elijah receive ongoing education and support in the hope that he can mature and learn from this experience, make better decisions in the future, and take steps towards rebuilding his career.”
According to the statement, the Sydney Swans will make no further comments on the situation out of respect for the legal process, which is still ongoing.
Taylor is set to be sentenced in court next month.
More to come.
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