Hawks' forward Jonathon Patton stood down

Hawthorn's Jonathon Patton has been stood down by the AFL club as it continues its investigation over the forward's alleged lewd behaviour on social media.

JONATHON PATTON.
JONATHON PATTON. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Hawthorn has stood down Jonathon Patton from all club commitments after more women came forward alleging the injury-hit forward had sent them unsolicited lewd photos.

The matter first came to light last week when a woman used social media to accuse Patton of sending inappropriate images to her.

Hawthorn opened an investigation when they were made aware of the allegations, and they decided to stand him down on Monday.

The Hawks released a statement saying Patton would remain stood down until the investigation was complete.

"The club's Integrity committee met this afternoon and will continue to ascertain all relevant information," the statement said.

"The club will provide a further update at the completion of the investigation and asks that the privacy of all parties involved be respected at this time."

Patton has since deleted his social media accounts, and now faces an uncertain future.

The 27-year-old, who has undergone three knee reconstructions, was traded by GWS to Hawthorn at the end of 2019.

Patton managed just six games in his debut season at the Hawks, with his campaign blighted by a hamstring and plantaris tendon injury.