News Dani (Dean) Laidley arrested in St. Kilda - "spared a conviction and placed on an 18-month adjourned undertaking"

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If I may before the lock... This sh*t isn't going to shove a rocket up the arse of privacy laws being enforced, is it? ****ing media vultures will still pay the premium for photos of people innocently sniffing flowers if they can report that those are cocaine daisies.
 

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A group of influential North Melbourne people are binding together to help one of their own.
With guidance from his son Kane, foxfooty.com.au can reveal Dean Laidley has privately accepted he must enter a mental health rehabilitation facility if he is to be granted bail at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

But in order to pay for professional treatment and support the 53-year-old, a selection of North Melbourne heavyweights have joined forces.

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The North Melbourne past players’ group, the AFL Players’ Association, the AFL Coaches’ Association and the club itself is working collaboratively to help support the 1996 premiership player.

Coincidentally, each of these organisations are represented by a person with an existing connection to the Kangaroos.

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Anthony Stevens is the president of the past players and officials association, AFLPA head of alumni Tim Harrington spent three years at North in the mid-1980s, while AFLCA boss Mark Brayshaw played 32 senior matches from 1990 to 1992 and was a director of the club.

Darren Crocker, who is Stevens’ past players’ vice-president, has also played a pivotal part in bringing the parties together.



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Laidley’s preparedness to accept medical help is expected to be critical towards his bail application on May 11. He did not apply for bail after he was arrested on stalking and other charges in St Kilda on Saturday night.

Contacted by foxfooty.com.au, AFLCA boss Brayshaw confirmed there was a group of people working closely to support Laidley.

It’s understood the group is aware that the crime he allegedly committed was unacceptable and therefore any support is somewhat conditional.

“What we have made clear to the lawyers is that there is a groundswell of support from those pockets,” Brayshaw said.

AFL Coaches Association CEO Mark Brayshaw. Picture: Sarah Matray
AFL Coaches Association CEO Mark Brayshaw. Picture: Sarah MatraySource: News Corp Australia
“There is also an acceptance that we are really ignorant of the fine detail as to the nature of the charges, legal process and where to from here.

“The message we have passed on to lawyers is two-fold: pleased let him know he is not alone and that we are with him. So is the footy community. And secondly, we are also very keen to work out how that support can manifest itself.

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“The difference between this happening to Dean and somebody outside the footy industry is a genuine 30 years of involvement in the game, giving rise to a preparedness to help that I’m unaware of in any other industry.

It’s understood members of West Coast teams, where Laidley spent five seasons, from the late 1980s and early 1990s have also reached out to offer support.

Brayshaw also acknowledged the complainant.

“In among our discussions about how we can help Dean, we’ve also acknowledged the woman involved and we have accepted that she is entitled to support as well and have asked ourselves the question ‘how we can provide it.’ At this stage, we haven’t really got an answer,” he said.

“We have not swept under the carpet the nature of the circumstances that Dean finds himself in.”

Dean Laidley coached North Melbourne during the 2000s.
Dean Laidley coached North Melbourne during the 2000s.Source: News Limited
Laidley’s situation makes him potentially eligible for two past player funds from the players’ union.

The Geoff Pryor Fund is available to AFLPA members who experience hardship due to injury, illness or wellbeing. Financial assistance is capped at $5000.

Alternatively, the AFLPA could award a more extensive benefit than what is available through the Geoff Pryor Fund to a past player who is suffering significant long-term or temporary hardship.

The latter option would need to be approved by an AFLPA committee and on a case-by-case basis.



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The AFLPA has a free and confidential wellbeing network current and former players can tap into. They can see medical professionals for free via this program.

Victoria Police has suspended two officers over the alleged leaking of photos from inside the station while Laidley was in custody.

Roos greats have rallied around the 1996 premiership player this week. Fox Footy’s David King said his main emotion was “overwhelming sadness,” while Brent Harvey offered his support for everybody involved.

“Wellbeing is the number one thing,” Harvey said on AFL Tonight.
 

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Darren Crocker, who is Stevens’ past players’ vice-president, has also played a pivotal part in bringing the parties together.
I can't speak highly enough of this bloke, North Melbourne through an through. Crock has an innate ability to make you feel a part of the club's fabric, no matter your distance or prevalence of contact with the inner workings of Arden Street.
 

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