Premiership-winning AFL star allegedly capsicum-sprayed after argument with woman at Melbourne pub


Two-time premiership-winning footy star is allegedly pepper-sprayed by a woman during an argument at a pub – forcing the hotel to be evacuated

  • AFL club Richmond Tigers launched investigation into its latest off-field saga
  • Liam Baker, 23, allegedly involved in incident at a South Yarra bar early Sunday
  • No arrests or charges were laid but police investigations into incident ongoing 
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AFL star Liam Baker was allegedly pepper sprayed by a woman during an argument outside a pub in the early hours of the morning.

Patrons inside trendy nightspot Osborne Rooftop and Bar in South Yarra were evacuated after emergency crews were called to a ‘hazmat incident’ about 1.30am on Sunday.

Baker’s team, the Richmond Tigers, launched an internal investigation into the the dual-premiership player’s altercation, as did Victoria Police. 

The incident is yet more off-field drama for the club where multiple players have landed in hot water since winning the flag in October. 

Richmond Tigers premiership star Liam Baker (right) was pictured drinking beers with teammates Kamdyn McIntosh (left) and Noah Cumberland (middle) hours before he was allegedly embroiled in a verbal argument with a woman at a Melbourne bar

Richmond Tigers premiership star Liam Baker (right) was pictured drinking beers with teammates Kamdyn McIntosh (left) and Noah Cumberland (middle) hours before he was allegedly embroiled in a verbal argument with a woman at a Melbourne bar

The alleged incident occurred hours after Baker was tagged in an Instagram photo drinking beers at a backyard party with Tigers teammates Noah Cumberland and Kamdyn McIntosh.

‘Sober sally they say,’ Cumberland captioned the photo of the smiling trio on Saturday. Baker celebrated his 23rd birthday four days earlier. 

No arrests were made at the time and no charges have yet been laid as police investigations continue, the the Herald Sun reported.

‘Police and emergency services responded to a Hazmat incident in South Yarra in the early hours of Sunday Morning,’ Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It is believed capsicum spray was deployed at a premises by an unknown person on Commercial Road about 1.15am.

‘Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and an investigation is ongoing.’

Police confirmed they were called to a 'hazmat' incident at the Osborne Rooftop and Bar (pictured) in South Yarra, where Liam Baker was allegedly pepper-sprayed by a female patron

Police confirmed they were called to a ‘hazmat’ incident at the Osborne Rooftop and Bar (pictured) in South Yarra, where Liam Baker was allegedly pepper-sprayed by a female patron

The Richmond Tigers confirmed the club is investigating an alleged incident involving Liam Baker (pictured in 2020 preseason training) early Sunday

The Richmond Tigers confirmed the club is investigating an alleged incident involving Liam Baker (pictured in 2020 preseason training) early Sunday

Richmond confirmed the club was also investigating the incident. 

Osborne Rooftop & Bar declined to comment on the incident when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

Born and raised in Western Australia, Baker has played 42 games and booted 10 goals for the Tigers since his 2018 AFL debut, including back-to-back premiership victories with the Tigers in 2019 and 2020.

The club has been beset by off-field dramas since their grand final win in October followed an AFL season disrupted by coronavirus.

Recent scandals include the shock marriage split of Tigers coach Damien Hardwick, who has moved on with a club employee.

Liam Baker (left) has played in the Tigers' last two grand final wins in 2019 and 2020. He's pictured celebrating with teammate Tom Lynch after the 2020 grand final in October

Liam Baker (left) has played in the Tigers’ last two grand final wins in 2019 and 2020. He’s pictured celebrating with teammate Tom Lynch after the 2020 grand final in October

Another rising star Sydney Stack spent Christmas behind bars after he breached Western Australia’s strict Covid-19 quarantine laws late last year.

Stack appeared in Perth Magistrates Court earlier this month, where he pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with a direction.

He was granted bail to be sentenced on March 25.

The 20-year-old was charged after being busted partying in Perth during his compulsory self-isolation period in December, having entered WA from Victoria on a flight that stopped over in South Australia.

Stack and Tigers teammate Callum Coleman-Jones broke the AFL’s coronavirus protocols following an incident outside of a Gold Coast strip club.

The Tigers were fined $100,000 over the protocol breach while both players were slapped with 10-match bans. 

The alleged incident involving Liam Baker (right) occurred day after celebrating his 23rd birthday. He's pictured celebrating after the Tigers 2020 grand final win

The alleged incident involving Liam Baker (right) occurred day after celebrating his 23rd birthday. He’s pictured celebrating after the Tigers 2020 grand final win



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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