I have never used drugs, vows Swan
Dane Swan. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Dane Swan has already forfeited a portion of the considerable sum of money he was paid for an interview on The Footy Show.
Swan was fined by Collingwood for doing an interview for the television show because the club had no knowledge of it until after it had been filmed.
The Brownlow medallist's teammate, Luke Ball, was also pulled from appearing on the panel of the show after the club learnt of Swan's interview.
Swan is understood to have been paid $20,000 for the interview, in which he was to address rumours of drug use.
The maximum amount a club can fine a player is $5000, but it is understood Swan was not fined the maximum amount.
A report said Magpies officials visited Channel Nine's Melbourne headquarters at Docklands on Thursday to watch the interview before it was aired.
Swan was then reportedly called to a meeting with club chief executive Gary Pert, after which the club made the decision to discipline its Brownlow medallist.
He used the interview to clear up rumours he had enjoyed a ''wild'' off-season. He denied he had an illicit drug problem and revealed that he had never received a strike under the AFL's drugs policy. ''I can categorically tell you that I don't have a drug problem,'' he said.
Swan even addressed rumours that he had received three "strikes" under the AFL's illicit drug policy.
"Confidentiality is something that we [AFL players] respect and really want to uphold in a drug code," he said.
"But there is just so many rumours about me that, you know, that I've had three strikes and the AFL are hiding it not to suspend me and stuff like that.
"It's just ridiculous. I have never had a strike, ever."
Swan said he had been target-tested by the AFL for performance-enhancing drugs, but denied he had ever taken them.
Swan said rumours about his off-field behaviour had only begun to bother him once he realised it had started to affect his partner and family.
It was also reported on Thursday night that Swan had told Collingwood president Eddie McGuire about the interview.
He said he was ''baffled'' by rumours he was battling a drug problem. ''But no matter what I say here, people are not going to believe me anyway.''