Johnson gets $500 fine
FREMANTLE’S Michael Johnson has been fined $500 in Perth Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty on Tuesday to possessing cocaine.
Johnson was fined $5000 by the club last week, suspended until after the mid-season break and cannot train with the side until the end of May.
Johnson was charged with possessing 0.15 grams of cocaine after he was questioned by police in the early hours of Sunday, May 16.
At the time of the initial sanctions, Fremantle chief executive officer Steve Rosich promised that the club-imposed penalties would stand regardless of the outcome of the police charge, and he confirmed on Tuesday that that was the case, and that the club would not add to them.
“While we will ensure that Michael’s ongoing welfare is paramount, we are extremely disappointed that, while under the influence of alcohol, he engaged in public conduct that has resulted in a drug-related police charge,” Rosich last week.
“We strongly support the AFL drug policy and the need to counsel and treat players and we will support Michael in confronting this issue. But we also want to make clear that his actions at the weekend will not be tolerated at this club and that is evident by the action we have taken.”
Rosich said Fremantle was comfortable that the appropriate drug education programs were in place at Fremantle, which included AFL and club-managed programs for all players, but they would be subject to additional assessment.
“Notwithstanding the AFL approved programs currently in place, we will be conducting additional assessment of our drug and alcohol education programs in consultation with the AFL,” he said.