AFL club St Kilda has put new recruit Jake Carlisle on notice, while failing to provide any clarity on what substance he snorted in a video.
Carlisle issued an unreserved apology on Thursday for his “mistake”, having filmed himself snorting white powder while on holidays in the United States.
Carlisle’s shift from Essendon to the Saints was confirmed on Wednesday morning, while that night The Nine Network broadcast a video of Carlisle snorting white powder.
The 24-year-old released a statement via the AFL Players Association on Thursday, apologising for his “very poor decision”.
However, Carlisle failed to identify what the white powder was or why he sent the clip via social media app Snapchat.
Saints chief executive Matt Finnis was also unwilling to clarify whether illicit drugs were involved.
“I’m not going to talk about the specifics of what is or is not depicted in that video, apart from saying that it is very clear what Jake is putting his hand up to,” Finnis told reporters.
“Jake is not saying I’ve made a mistake because I’ve been caught, I’ve made a mistake because I’ve misused social media.
“He’s putting his hand up in an unequivocal way and accepting responsibility for behaviour that we would see is inappropriate and unacceptable at our club.”
Finnis revealed coach Alan Richardson had contacted Carlisle, who will return home early from his US trip.
“I have made a very poor decision and let people down and for that I am embarrassed and truly sorry,” Carlisle said in his statement.
“First, I would like to apologise to all St Kilda members, supporters and staff, AFL fans as well as my new teammates.
“I am aware of footage being aired of me last night and I want to be upfront and say that I made a mistake.
“The video casts me in a very poor light and reveals clearly inappropriate behaviour which I regret but am accountable for.”
Carlisle acknowledged the clip will make for some awkward introductions at his new club.
“St Kilda have shown great confidence in me,” he said.
“When I start with them I will need to earn their respect and win back the confidence of the playing group and broader Saints community.
“I will learn from my mistake and when I return to Australia I will commit to any club or AFL requirements or educational programs.”