THE head of the AFL players' association says former Adelaide star Kurt Tippett has been ''harshly dealt with'' for his part in the draft and salary cap scandal that has resulted in him being banned for 11 games and fined $50,000.
''He has been dealt with more harshly than any player I can think of - and more than an administrator [Steven Trigg], whose career spans many years,'' said Matt Finnis on 3AW.
''He relied on the advice of not only his agent, but also his employer, the Adelaide Football Club, and he's entitled to wonder why he's dealt with potentially more harshly.''
Finnis says Tippett now wants to put the issue behind him rather than take any legal recourse against the sanctions.
The AFLPA's investigation into the conduct of Tippett's agent Peter Blucher, who helped engineer the deals, has officially begun. The process could result in Blucher being de-registered as an agent. He will get the opportunity to put his case to the board and can appeal against the findings.