Tarryn Thomas’ girlfriend Tatiana Coppedge has leapt to the defence of the AFL star following a series of allegations against him.
The North Melbourne player is taking time away from the club after fresh allegations emerged of what the Kangaroos deemed to be “inappropriate behaviour”.
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Coppedge took to social media to explain her relationship with Thomas.
“I’m not going to speak on anything else but I will say no I am not in an abusive relationship,” she wrote on Instagram.
The mother of two also said she “would never put my children in danger or be around anyone who isn’t loving or gentle with them.”
“So much as everyone “concerned” with what’s on the news and in the media right now, as a family we are happy.
“Now please stop with the messages.”
Coppedge also hit back at the “fake accounts” sending her abusive messages.
“Also, to all the fake accounts sending me extremely rude and nasty messages, if you don’t have the balls to say it on your real accounts don’t message me,” she wrote.
“To attack and be mean to someone who’s done absolutely nothing to y’all, is weird to me.”
The AFL’s integrity unit informed the Kangaroos of the fresh allegation on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after club president Sonja Hood released a statement referring to “serious and confronting allegations” against Thomas.
The allegations referred to by Hood in an open letter to members were followed by fresh claims of abuse against Thomas.
“Tarryn Thomas will take time away from the club after the AFL’s Integrity Unit informed North Melbourne of a new allegation of inappropriate behaviour,” the Kangaroos said in a statement on Wednesday night.
“As detailed in the club’s statement earlier on Wednesday, the club and Thomas made a commitment to co-operate fully in any investigation if new information was presented.
“In light of this new information, Thomas will remain away from the club while the AFL gathers further information about the allegations.
“In the meantime, Thomas will be expected to meet his obligations around his respectful behaviour training and education program, as outlined in club correspondence earlier today.”
Thomas hit the headlines last month after being charged with threatening to distribute an intimate image.
In a separate incident, he was stopped by police when driving with a suspended licence during the Kangaroos’ Christmas break.
Thomas still has to face court over the allegation of threatening to distribute an intimate image.
The 22-year-old played only 10 AFL games for the Kangaroos last season and was dropped from the senior side in June for not meeting training standards.
He has played 57 games for the Roos since being selected with pick No.8 at the 2018 national draft.
– with AAP
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