PORT Adelaide young gun Sam Powell-Pepper has again been caught up in an alleged off-field drama, with the club and the AFL investigating a lewd photo posted on his social media account.
The image, uploaded as an Instagram story from his account, shows a man in his underwear with a female lying on his thigh with her eyes closed.
The Power is expected to release a statement soon but confirmed on Friday they were looking into the incident.
In a statement, the AFL said it had spoken with the club and that its integrity unit is investigating the photo.
“The AFL is disappointed to see an image like this shared on social media. We request that the person who is identifiable be protected and respected by the media,” the league said.
“The AFL Integrity Unit and the GM Social Policy is assessing the photo and its distribution. “The AFL has spoken with the club.
“No further comment shall be made at this stage.”
It’s the second off-field incident Powell-Pepper has been involved in this season.
He was suspended for three games earlier this year after an investigation into a late-night incident at an Adelaide nightclub.
In a wide-ranging interview for Fox Footy’s On The Mark in July, the 20-year-old described the incident and the consequent fallout as a “wake-up call”, but added he felt terrible for disappointing and failing Power captain and housemate Travis Boak.
“The decisions I was making wasn’t really at that professional level that I was hoping to be,” Powell-Pepper said.
“As a mate and as a teammate as well to Trav, I felt like I let him down, because it wasn’t the right thing to do. I live in the same house as him, which kind of put him under a bit of pressure as well.
“Before that I was kind of just floating through the motions and taking things as they come.”
Boak in July described Powell-Pepper as a “caring, loving person”.
“I think what I’ve seen is how good a person he is before that, but now that he’s learnt something and turned it into incredible form and growth as a person is huge,” Boak said.