- Star exited Carlton after unexplained leave of absence
- Pleaded guilty to charges in a Melbourne court
- Magistrate described offences as ‘very serious’
The mystery over former AFL star Tom Williamson’s sudden exit from the game has been solved after he pleaded guilty to stalking and harassing a woman for four months in 2022.
Williamson was just 23 years old when he played the last of his 44 games for Carlton that year, with the team announcing he’d parted ways with them in a ‘mutual decision’ after taking an unexplained leave of absence.
Police charged the former defender for stalking the woman by allegedly calling and messaging her from social media accounts from July to October 2022 with the intention of causing harm or fear, according to the Herald Sun.
Williamson (pictured playing for Carlton in 2017) ended his career by stalking and harassing a woman over a four-month period in 2022
Williamson called the woman 13 times and sent her two text in the space of 10 days, police stated, and the woman kept blocking the new accounts he created to contact her.
‘This is very serious offending and you lost your football career as a result of that,’ Magistrate Cecily Hollingsworth told the fallen footy star.
‘You are lucky. You’ve got a lot of support around you with friends and family and to your credit, you have undertaken counselling and a men’s behavioural change program.’
Williamson escaped conviction and was put on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
He was also ordered to pay $2,000 to the court fund, which donates money to a range of organisations that provide community services.
The former Blues defender (pictured, front, after a game in 2021) was warned he faces a stint in jail if he reoffends
Williamson’s exit from the Blues in 2022 came after he took an unexplained leave of absence
Williamson – who works the Hopkins Correctional Centre jail in Ararat, north-west of Melbourne – also copped a warning from the magistrate.
‘You are in a unique position where you know what prison life is like,’ she said.
‘You’d be looking down the barrel of going to jail [if you reoffend].’
Carlton did not divulge any details about Williamson’s behaviour when they announced his split from the club.
‘The Carlton Football Club can confirm it has been having ongoing discussions with Tom Williamson since he undertook a leave of absence from the Club in early June,’ the team’s statement said.
‘As a result of these discussions, it has been mutually decided that Williamson will step away from AFL football for 2022 and depart the football club.
‘The Club will continue to work with Williamson, the AFLPA and Williamson’s management to ensure he continues to receive the necessary support he needs moving forward.’