JAKE KING COURTFormer Richmond Tigers footballer Jake King is set to make a deal with prosecutors over an alleged extortion attempt amid concerns he could lose his job over new steroid charges.
The ex-AFL player on Tuesday faced Melbourne Magistrates Court, where his lawyer Geoffrey Steward revealed the 33-year-old has been charged with two new steroid offences.
King also faces charges of extortion, making threats to kill, and threatening to inflict serious injury against Tony Mokdissi in May 2017.
The former forward allegedly threatened to shoot and break Mr Mokdissi’s legs and those of his family if he did not pay King $150,000 within four weeks.
It’s understood Mr Mokdissi is a business partner of King’s former Richmond teammate Tyrone Vickery, who owns Hawthorn East restaurant Fat Monkey.
Mr Steward told the court King is set to make a deal with prosecutors, who will likely withdraw some charges in exchange for a guilty plea to others.
“One doesn’t know what he will be pleading guilty to, if the matter resolves,” he said.
Mr Steward also tried to prevent the media from reporting the new steroid charges amid concerns it would affect King’s post-football career.
“If it’s published and they are subsequently withdrawn, for him to lose his job,” the barrister outlined his concern.
“There’s a real likelihood that those charges could be withdrawn.”
But magistrate Franz Holzer said the charges were in the public interest.
“I emphasise they are no more than allegations,” he said.
Mr Holzer also said it would be illegal for King to be sacked in the current circumstances.
“It would be wholly unreasonable for the consequence of the sort that you suggest, and I would say it would be idiotic,” the magistrate said.
It’s unclear what job Mr Steward was referring to, and the court was not given details about King’s post-footy employment.
He retired from professional football in July 2014 and runs a tattoo parlour in South Melbourne with former bikie Toby Mitchell.
King faces two counts of possessing testosterone on July 5, 2017, according to charge sheets.
He is due to return to court in March.