Details on Steven May fight with Jake Melksham, behavior while drinking alcohol, booze, investigation, Entrecote, Caroline Wilson report, Melbourne Demons

Demons star Steven May has reportedly confessed to “how badly he behaves” while drinking alcohol in the fallout from the AFL’s investigation into his fight with teammate Jake Melksham, according to veteran journalist Caroline Wilson.

The league on Wednesday night confirmed it’d concluded its inquiry into the incident at Melbourne restaurant Entrecote on June 5 and that no further action would be taken after May received a club-imposed imposed one-match ban for drinking while sidelined with concussion, while Melksham avoided suspension but required two bits of surgery on his injured hand.

Reports state Melksham floored May with one punch following a slur from the All-Australian defender to spark the scuffle that spilled to the outside of the Prahran eatery. It’s believed May told Melksham the Demons would’ve lost the 2021 Grand Final if he’d played.

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Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified on Wednesday night, Wilson provided further details from the AFL’s investigation on the matter that saw both players get interviewed at length by the league’s integrity bosses.

“What has emerged from these interviews is that Steven May has gone in a huge way to bat for Jake Melksham and has fessed up just how badly he behaves when he drinks. How he was uncontrollable that night,” she said.

“And when it did spill outside, my understanding is that three players were trying to hold Steven May back — and were unable to do that — as he went for Jake Melksham, whose punch the AFL is not happy about, but they’re satisfied was in self defense.”

Despite the incident and May’s history of alcohol-related off-field issues, Demons president Kate Roffey has said the club will not ask the 30-year old to give up drinking.

However Wilson said Melbourne is “absolutely adamant he will come to that realization himself”.

May copped a club-imposed one-match ban (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

“He feels dreadful about what happened and he’s just said to his club, ‘when this happens I’m uncontrollable’,” she said.

“And I’m told Jake Melksham apparently tried up to half a dozen occasions to shake the hand and say, ‘c’mon mate, this is over,’ but it just didn’t happen.

“I still maintain that if you belt someone you should be suspended. But it just shows how frightening Steven May was in that instance.

“The way Steven May I think was talking to some of his younger teammates was just completely unacceptable.”

It comes amid a three-game losing streak for the Demons, who were previously undefeated this season, most recently falling to Collingwood by 26 points in Monday’s Queen’s Birthday blockbuster to drop down to second place on the ladder.

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Former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon expressed concerns with how the altercation between May and Melksham could now impact the Demons’ culture.

“It’s a bit deeper than that — he (May) was out in concussion protocols, he was with nine of his teammates that knew it, they know how important, they know what they’re trying to do. And none of them had the courage to say, ‘mate, we shouldn’t be doing this’,” Lyon said.

“It also talks to when you’re winning everyone thinks it’s Camelot, everything’s perfect. But under the surface there’s a lot going on, and it’s not perfect just because you’re winning and there are challenges continuously at AFL clubs.

“I heard Leigh Matthews on radio talk about in his whole playing and coaching career he’s never heard language used to demean a player (like May did), it’s significant. I think it’s not as simple as, ‘we’re all good mate, wink wink and go on with it.

“And I think you saw that (against Collingwood), I don’t think they were a great, passionate team.”

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