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Walker's beer an innocent mistake: Crows

Steve Larkin 23/05/2011 02:46:31 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide forward Taylor Walker has been forgiven an "innocent mistake" for his storm in a beer cup, Crows leader Michael Doughty says.

Walker, a target of Greater Western Sydney, won't be disciplined by Adelaide's leadership group after drinking beer at the footy on Saturday afternoon.

Walker, dropped for the past two AFL matches, played in the SANFL on Friday night when reported for charging.

The next day the 21-year-old was filmed drinking a beer while watching, Broken Hill, his home city, play the curtain raiser to Port Adelaide's AFL match.

Walker was an emergency for Adelaide's clash with Collingwood on Sunday, but was not scheduled to travel with the Crows.

Crows officials said Walker's beer drinking wasn't a good look, but Doughty on Monday denied the on-the-outer Walker had lost support of his teammates.

"We're 100 per cent behind Taylor Walker," said Doughty, a member of Adelaide's five-strong leadership group.

"He has done a lot of good things over the last two weeks, he has gone back to the SANFL with the right attitude and played some good footy.

"He has got some deficiencies, which he's working on.

"And he has made an innocent mistake on Saturday, having a beer, and we'll leave it at that.

"The playing group is 100 per cent behind him and I'm sure the coaching staff are too.

"And he's a required player in our football team, and the sooner we get him back in the team, the better this club will be.

"That is all I'm going to say on it."

Walker has been linked to new AFL entity Greater Western Sydney, having put contract negotiations with Adelaide on hold until season's end.

Considered a prodigious talent with 71 goals from 38 games, Walker has repeatedly been dropped by Crows coach Neil Craig for slack defence.

But even Craig supported the goalkicker over his public beer.

"If he was probably at home having a barbecue with his mate and had a beer it wouldn't be an issue would it?" Craig said after Adelaide's loss to Collingwood.

" ... Unless we expect all of our AFL players to be teetotallers, which I don't.

"I expect them to be responsible but I certainly don't expect them to be teetotallers."

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