Former AFL player Jake King has indicated he will fight extortion charges relating to an alleged dispute between one of his ex-teammates, Ty Vickery, and Vickery’s business partner.
King appeared for his first hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court after being charged with numerous offences, including making threats to kill and inflicting serious injury last July.
The charges followed an alleged dispute between King’s ex-teammate at Richmond, Vickery, and Vickery’s former business partner at a restaurant in Melbourne’s east.
Magistrate Franz Holzer refused to release the police summary to the media after King’s defence lawyer, Geoffrey Steward, and the police prosecutor successfully argued against it.
Mr Steward said it would be unfair to King to release the full nature of the allegations publicly when some charges could be dropped before his next court appearance.
“For matters of that nature to be in the public forum … in circumstances where they might not see the light of day, [it] would operate as an unfairness and injustice,” he told the court.
King was arrested at the tattoo parlour he co-owns with former outlaw motorcycle gang member Toby Mitchell at Clarendon Street in South Melbourne.
He remains on bail and will return to court in January for a contest mention.
King made his AFL debut in 2007 at the age of 23 and went on to play 107 matches for the Tigers.
He was forced to retire midway through the 2014 season with a serious toe injury.
Vickery, 27, moved from the Tigers to Hawthorn at the end of 2016, but today announced his retirement from AFL.