West Coast star Willie Rioli has broken his silence after being ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 season.
The premiership forward was yesterday provisionally suspended by ASADA following an “adverse finding” in a test in August, two days after the Eagles took on Richmond in round 22.
As his club prepares to take on Geelong in tonight’s semi final, Rioli has returned to the Northern Territory.
Today he took to social media to break his silence.
“Just want to thank all my real family and friends for all the love and support through this tough time,” he said.
“I’m so so sorry I had to put yous (sic) al through this.
“We will get through this!”
The 24-year-old said he had endured tougher times and “we’ve gotten through”.
“Hopefully this lil (sic) mistake is a lesson to be learnt,” he said.
“This definitely doesn’t define me as a person.
“Love yous (sic) all.”
The allegation against the goalsneak is that he used a prohibited method to provide a test sample in August.
“The assertion is that the adverse analytical finding is that there’s urine substitution,” AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said yesterday.
Meanwhile Rioli’s club West Coast are preparing for a semi final against the Cats at the MCG tonight.
Jack Petruccelle has replaced Rioli in this Eagles’ lineup.