JARRAH Maksymow has been given a lot of chances by a lot of football clubs in our region but surely, after the weekend’s events, there can be no more.
He had been wanted in relation to assault, break-and-enter, and driving offences following an incident at a Springdale Heights home earlier in the day.
Maksymow has let down plenty of good people at Henty and he’s humiliated police who, in what proved an erroneous show of faith, allowed him to take the field.
Quite rightly, the decision not to arrest Maksymow at the football ground will be reviewed by police management.
The conclusion of that review would appear quite straight forward, it was the wrong call.
But let’s not make any mistake about who’s in the wrong here – Maksymow is responsible for his own actions.
The 26-year-old, who has already spent time behind bars, only narrowly avoided jail earlier this year for his role in a central Albury brawl in April.
In handing down a 14-month intensive corrections order, magistrate Rodney Brender said there was “some hope” for Maksymow.
“He could be on a journey. He’s a slow learner,” Mr Brender said in June.
“Slow learner” would appear to be one of the great understatements.
For now, Maksymow will remain in custody and he will return to court in Albury on Tuesday.
Whether he’s guilty of the offences police were hunting him for on the weekend remains to be seen – it’s a matter that will play out before the courts.
But it’s beyond dispute that doing a runner halfway through a semi-final is a kick in the guts to the people who showed faith in bringing him to club and shows a total lack of respect for police as well.
It should also act as a timely reminder to football clubs that playing ability is just one aspect to consider when courting potential recruits.
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