Campbell Brown's AFL career is over after he was sacked today by Gold Coast following an incident during an overseas trip that left a teammate with a broken jaw.
An investigation by the Suns found Brown responsible for the injury to Steven May outside a Los Angeles nightclub last week.
May had two plates inserted to his jaw late last week after returning with Brown to Australia.
The Suns held a media conference this afternoon when they announced the Brown sanction. Brown is understood to have fronted Gold Coast players in the morning to advise them of his fate.
“Obviously I am very disappointed. It is not the way any player wants to finish their career,” said Brown, who had another year left on his Suns contract.
“But I think the process the club went through was thorough and very fair.
“I take full responsibility for my actions on the night.”
At 30 years of age, Brown's time in the AFL is at an end. He confirmed today's decision had prompted his retirement.
The latest development is part of line of incidents that have dogged the Hawthorn premiership player's career.
Two years ago Brown and then Suns teammate Maverick Weller were detained by Thai police after allegedly being in a fight with a local policeman during and end-of-season trip. The players were later released without charge.
It resulted in Brown being dropped from the Gold Coast leadership group.
Brown also missed the first six games of the season with suspension, a regular feature of his career where he's missed a total 28 games through suspension in total.