The manager of Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor and police have responded to allegations of domestic violence made against the 19-year-old AFL player by his now ex-girlfriend who he snuck into the club’s AFL quarantine hub.
The young footy star was suspended last month for the remainder of the 2020 season after Lekahni Pearce, 18, entered the Swans’ accommodation at Perth’s Joondalup Resort.
Pearce on Saturday night shared a photo of her bruised face and levelled a series of accusations against Taylor in an Instagram post.
The Swans on Saturday said the club was aware of ‘very serious’ allegations made against Taylor.
Lekahni Pearce (pictured) – the now ex-girlfriend of 18-year-old Sydney Swans rookie Elijah Taylor who snuck into his AFL quarantine hub – has levelled domestic violence allegations against the young footy player
Taylor, 19, is being investigated by his team the Sydney Swans and the AFL over the allegations made on social media
Western Australia Police refused to comment on the post on Sunday.
‘At this stage, WA Police Force is unable to provide comment,’ a police spokesman said.
The manager of the AFL young gun Tom Seccull also refused to comment on the teenager’s social media post, but acknowledged the severity of the allegations.
‘Elijah, the club and AFL are all aware of the allegations,’ Mr Seccull said in a statement.
‘However, given the seriousness and sensitivity for those involved, we’re not in a position to comment further at this stage.’
The AFL on Sunday evening added the body had been notified of ‘allegations made on social media’.
Pearce, 18, on Saturday night shared a photo of her bruised face and issued a series of accusations against Taylor
‘The allegations are extremely serious. The AFL has been in contact with local law enforcement and will continue to provide support and assistance for all,’ a league spokesman said.
‘Due to the nature of the allegations the AFL will be providing no further comment at this time.’
‘The Sydney Swans are aware of allegations made on social media regarding first year player Elijah Taylor,’ the 19-year-old’s AFL side earlier said in a statement.
‘The allegations are very serious and are being treated as such.
‘The club has notified the AFL and is not in a position to comment further at this time.’
Drafted with pick 36 in the 2019 AFL Draft, Taylor played four games in his first year before being suspended over the COVID-19 bio-security breach.
Taylor’s senior teammates reportedly discovered Ms Pearce in the hotel premises and raised the alarm.
Drafted with pick 36 in the 2019 AFL Draft, Taylor played four games in his first year before being suspended over the COVID-19 bio-security breach
Taylor’s senior teammates reportedly discovered Ms Pearce (right) in the hotel premises and raised the alarm
She had reportedly crossed a golf course to be reunited with her then boyfriend.
Ms Pearce had just completed her own mandatory self-quarantine period after flying in from Sydney.
Taylor was sent home in the aftermath of the scandal, while his club was fined a total of $50,000 – with $25,000 suspended.
Swans coach John Longmire said the Western Australian-raised AFL talent had been specifically reminded about the strict protocols before he travelled to Perth.
Ms Pearce reportedly snuck across the golf course and into the resort where the players were staying
Taylor was sent home in the aftermath of the scandal and suspended for the rest of the AFL season over the breach
‘We talked to Elijah specifically before we left and made sure that we all understand what environment we’re going into,’ Longmire told Fox Sports AFL 360.
‘He still made a very poor choice, he still made a decision to deliberately breach the quarantine and it’s unacceptable, and the ramifications are very much suited to what he did.’
‘It was a decision that put so much at risk. He’s only a young player, he’s in his first year of AFL footy, but it was still a terrible decision that has big ramifications.’