Hawthorn star Jonathon Patton is in hospital as an investigation continues into allegations he sent lewd, unsolicited messages to women on social media.
Patton’s management confirmed the 27-year-old is in hospital to receive assistance for his mental health.
“We can confirm that Jonathon Patton has been admitted to hospital to assist in the management of his ongoing mental health,” Connor Sports Management told Channel 7.
“We hope that Jonathon’s privacy is respected at this time.”
Patton has been stood down from Hawthorn while the club investigates allegations of inappropriate behaviour on social media after four women came forward and alleged the 27-year-old sent them unsolicited images and videos.
Patton vehemently denies the allegations, the Herald Sun reports.
One of the women, Elle Coonan, told Nine “from the get-go he was talking to me in such a sexual nature that I never reciprocated — he would send me photos of him in bed exposed”. She added she “would make it really clear that I didn’t want that from him”.
Patton, who only joined Hawthorn from GWS ahead of last season, has deleted his social media accounts with the club confirming an investigation by its integrity committee had begun.
Patton has been stood down as an investigation continues.Source:News Corp Australia
Elle Coonan alleges Patton sent her unsolicited material.Source:Facebook
“Hawthorn Football Club is aware of allegations made on social media regarding the behaviour of Jonathon Patton,” the statement read. “The allegations are of behaviour that does not reflect the values and standards of Hawthorn Football Club.
“As soon as the club became aware of the allegations it addressed the matter with Patton directly and clearly communicated that any behaviour of this nature would not be tolerated.
“The club takes these allegations seriously and has referred the matter to Hawthorn’s Integrity Committee.
“Hawthorn advocates for equality and respect for everyone and demands this same behaviour from all involved with the club.”
Patton was an inaugural member of the GWS Giants side after being the first overall selection in the 2011 AFL National draft.
Injuries, including three knee reconstructions, restricted him to just 89 games over eight seasons but he snared 130 goals before being traded to the Hawks for the 2020 season for a future fourth-round pick.
He played six games for the Hawks in 2020, kicking three goals.
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