The Sydney Swans have praised Swans midfielder Isaac Heeney for defusing a pub incident involving North Melbourne's Taylor Garner.
Sydney have praised midfield star Isaac Heeney for defusing a incident involving North Melbourne's Taylor Garner at a Sydney nightspot last Saturday,
Garner got into an altercation at a Double Bay venue in Sydney's eastern suburbs during the Kangaroos' bye weekend, during which a man's nose was reportedly broken.
Garner failed to notify the club of the incident and he was stood down from AFL duties by the Kangaroos while they continue to investigate, meaning he misses Saturday night's clash with Collingwood at Marvel Stadium.
Sydney issued a statement on Thursday saying Garner was staying with former teammate and current Swan Ryan Clarke, who had left the venue and headed home before the incident occurred.
Heeney was at the same venue with friends and witnessed the incident.
Swans head of football Charlie Gardiner said Heeney assisted the alleged victim.
"Both Isaac and Ryan kept the club fully informed about what occurred over the weekend," Gardiner said.
"Isaac should be commended for defusing the situation and offering support to the other party.
"As this matter is still being investigated, we are unable to make further comment."
Garner was the 15th overall selection at the 2012 draft but has struggled with injuries and form, managing just 38 senior appearances.
"I'm really disappointed, it's not where we want to be," said the Kangaroos interim coach Rhyce Shaw after news of the incident broke on Wednesday.
"We've spoken about our standards and obviously he's put himself in a position where he hasn't upheld those standards."
North Melbourne football boss Cameron Joyce reiterated that sentiment in a statement issued by the club.
"We simply will not tolerate anyone who compromises team standards and expectations," he said.
"Taylor knows he made some poor choices on the weekend and we will continue to work with him to ensure he bounces back a better person."
"At this stage, he will play in the VFL this weekend.
The matter is also being investigated by NSW Police, with the North Melbourne promising to add further sanctions if necessary when both probes are complete.