David King has stood down from trade-period hosting duties. Picture: Getty
David King has stood down from trade-period hosting duties. Picture: Getty

AFL great charged with drink-driving

DUAL North Melbourne premiership player David King has stepped down from his trade-period TV-hosting duties after being charged with driving under the influence.

King recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.10 in the early hours of Wednesday morning after being involved in a minor car collision in which no one was injured.

King said he accepted full responsibility for his actions and would do everything to earn respect back.

"After having some end-of-season drinks, I made a terrible decision to drive and was involved in a minor incident with another vehicle. I was subsequently charged with driving under the influence recording an alcohol reading of 0.10," King said in a statement.

"I deeply regret my poor choice to get behind the wheel and am embarrassed and ashamed of my actions, I am thankful no one was injured.

"I've not only let myself down but more importantly my family, friends, workplace and the public who I put at risk.

"I accept full responsibility and any repercussions which result from this."

David King played 241 AFL games for North Melbourne.
David King played 241 AFL games for North Melbourne.

King was due to co-host The Trade Lowdown on Fox Footy during the upcoming AFL exchange period.

"I've stepped down from my upcoming Fox Footy trade-week hosting duties," he said.

"I know I've lost a lot of respect and will do everything I can to earn that back."

In a statement, Fox Footy said the matter now sat with the judicial system.

"We are aware David King was recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Fox Footy does not condone this behaviour and takes the matter very seriously. We know David deeply regrets his actions," the statement read.

"The matter now sits with the judicial system."


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