What led to Steven stabbing will eventually come to light: Cook

Cook said the club had a good record in managing such situations and said it would respect the legal process.

“We are looking after Jack’s health and his wellbeing, his mental health and we are forever getting medical advice about Jack and what we should be doing and that’s what we are doing,” Cook said.

Jack Steven in action for the Cats during a pre-season match earlier this year.Credit:Getty Images

“In my opinion, there is no doubt that whatever has happened will come to the fore at some stage.”

Cats coach Chris Scott did not speculate on what had happened when he held a media conference on Thursday due to the police investigation and asked for people to respect the midfielder’s privacy.

He suggested it would be misguided for people to assume Steven’s mental health struggles in 2019 were relevant to discussions about the latest incident and emphasised that the four-time best and fairest winner at St Kilda had been a victim.

Cook said the club was unsure exactly when Steven would be able to return to training at the Cats.


“We’re hoping sooner rather later and hopefully in a week or two, but we’re still waiting on that medical advice,” Cook said.

Meanwhile the Cats CEO said it was reassuring that fewer than two percent of Cats’ members had asked for a refund on their membership package so far after they were presented with a range of options to consider on Thursday.

He said the Cats could go $10 million into debt as a result of revenue lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Geelong was due to come out of debt early this year however the shutdown has made that impossible; usually each home game (with a crowd) at GMHBA Stadium is worth $1 million to the club.

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