Jordan De Goey pleads guilty to harassment after New York incident

Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has pleaded guilty but will not be found guilty of a criminal offense after an incident in New York.

AFL star Jordan De Goey will attend anger management and alcohol therapy sessions after pleading guilty to a harassment charge following an incident in New York last year.

The Collingwood player appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court via video link from Melbourne on Saturday, where he pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge of second-degree harassment – classified as a violation, not a criminal offense – and stood is apologized for his behavior.

“I would like to apologize for my actions and appreciate the process moving forward,” De Goey said when asked by the judge if he had anything to add.

He will have to attend 10 therapy sessions focusing on anger management and alcohol management as part of his plea.

The 25-year-old was arrested in New York last year following an alleged altercation at the PHD Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Hotel in Manhattan.

De Goey had taken a break from his US training schedule linked to a trade deal with Monster Energy drinks when the incident occurred. He previously pleaded not guilty to assault and harassment charges, while the forcible touching charges were dropped at a previous hearing.

Earlier this month, Collingwood reinstated De Goey into their football program, having previously ruled out the midfielder.

Collingwood recently released a statement confirming that De Goey could return to training from Friday January 21 as the matter had been ‘resolved’.

The club received written confirmation that De Goey’s charge had been downgraded to a harassment violation and would not result in a criminal conviction.

“The Collingwood Board of Directors considered an agreement to complete the legal matter Jordan De Goey is facing in the United States, which was reached late today,” the statement said.

“Following this tentative resolution and based on other commitments made by Jordan to the club, Collingwood has reinstated Jordan into its AFL programme.

“The club remains of the view that it was appropriate to suspend De Goey until the various charges he faced are dealt with.

“With Jordan pleading guilty to a second degree harassment violation and accepting an order to engage in a remedial program in Australia, and all other charges dropped, the matter is resolved.

“A second-degree harassment violation will not result in a criminal conviction.”

De Goey’s return came with two club-imposed mandates which he accepted – a commitment to continued off-field support from medical professionals and permanent part-time work with the Army. Salvation.

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