An attempted mountain bike trick has gone wrong for North Melbourne’s Jaidyn Stephenson after he fractured his hip on Friday when he landed on concrete below his home’s back deck.
The 22-year-old had been drinking before the incident that saw him admitted to hospital on Friday. A surgeon will assess his treatment options on Saturday.
North Melbourne football manager Brady Rawlings said the club was disappointed with Stephenson’s judgment as he wound down after a promising first season with the club.
Jaidyn Stephenson.Credit:Getty Images
“Jaidyn’s pretty flat at the moment and he’s a bit sick and sorry,” Rawlings said.
“After having had drinks at home with his housemates, he attempted to perform a trick on his mountain bike off the back deck. He lost balance and fell onto a concrete paver.
“Initially, after the accident, Jaidyn was able to walk but the pain progressed to a point that an ambulance was called.
“He was kept in overnight and he looks like he might be laid up for a while. At this stage he’ll have a stay in hospital while his surgeon decides whether he’ll need surgery.
“It puts a dampener on what was a promising season for Jaidyn. We’re disappointed with his poor judgment and his reckless action has resulted in quite a painful injury for him.”
Stephenson departed Collingwood in dramatic circumstances during last year’s trade period when he was offloaded as part of the fire sale the Magpies undertook to ease salary cap pressure.
Stephenson had a brilliant first season winning the AFL Rising Star award and playing in Collingwood’s losing grand final however he fell out of favour at the Magpies after being suspended for gambling on Collingwood games and then performing poorly in 2020.
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