Gold Coast veteran Campbell Brown may have broken a teammate’s jaw because of a dispute over a split bill at a restaurant, according to reports.
The Suns say they are yet to hear that version, but it’s believed that the club has conceded that his punch on Steven May was unprovoked and that May did not retaliate.
The Suns said in a statement that no other player was involved in the incident, which occurred in Los Angeles earlier this week, and they are still investigating.
Brown, a 2008 Hawthorn premiership player, has been with the Suns since their inaugural 2011 season.
The Suns said the incident took place after the completion of a club training camp in Arizona.
“The incident left May with a suspected fractured jaw, which is expected to require surgery,” the Suns said in the statement.
“No other players were involved.
“The club is in the process of establishing exactly what happened and all other relevant facts, and is discussing the matter with the two players concerned who have since returned to the Gold Coast ahead of their teammates.
“The Gold Coast Suns are considering appropriate actions and will not make further comment at this stage in relation to the incident.”
It’s not the first time Brown has been in trouble for misbehaving during an off-season overseas trip.
The Suns stripped him of their deputy vice-captaincy after the 2011 season, as punishment for an incident in Thailand that post-season.
On that occasion, Brown and three other Suns were arrested, after an argument with another tourist escalated into a physical fight, although they were released without charge.
Brown was the only Suns player punished by the club at that time, because of his leadership position.
He’s also frequently found trouble on the field.
The 30-year-old has missed 28 AFL games through suspension throughout his career, including the first six and the last three rounds of this season.
And he has a ban still hanging over his head for the first round of next season.
Brown has played a total of 205 AFL games – 159 for the Hawks and 46 for Gold Coast.