Police investigating alleged pub incident involving Bulldogs star

Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith is under investigation by police over an incident at a popular Gold Coast venue.

Police have confirmed to The Age a formal complaint was lodged by a 22-year-old man about an incident outside the Burleigh Pavilion in the early hours of October 4, that being the same weekend as the NRL grand final.

Bailey Smith.Credit:AFL Photos

“Police have received a complaint in relation to an incident involving a 22-year-old man at Goodwin Terrace around 12.10am on Monday, October 4, 2021,” the statement said.

“The man was transported to hospital for treatment. Investigations are ongoing.”

Smith, a cult hero with the Bulldogs who played in this season’s losing grand final, was out with a group of teammates.

“The Western Bulldogs are aware of an incident which occurred in Burleigh Heads in Queensland on 4 October, where a small group of its players were present,” the Bulldogs said in a statement.

“The club has conducted its own investigation and is satisfied that no further action is required at this point in time.”

An AFL spokesman said the league was aware of the incident but could not comment further.

“The AFL has been advised by the Western Bulldogs of an incident involving a player on October 4,” a league spokesman said.

“On the basis of the information we currently have, there will be no further action at this stage.”

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