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Repentant Carlisle cops two-game ban, accepts illicit drugs strike

Carlisle takes 'full responsibility' New Saint Jake Carlisle speaks after his sanctions were announced
Jake Carlisle will miss St Kilda's first two home and away games in 2016 - ${keywords}
Jake Carlisle will miss St Kilda's first two home and away games in 2016
I'm prepared to own up to what's happened, I just want to move forward
Jake Carlisle

JAKE Carlisle has been suspended for St Kilda's first two home and away matches, after accepting a strike under the AFL's illicit drugs policy.

Significantly the ban, for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the code, has been imposed by the AFL and not the club.   

The 24-year-old has also forfeited $50,000 in marketing money.

The Saints recruit will also join training two weeks early in the wake of a social media video which showed him snorting a white substance - the video was made public within hours of the swingman being traded from Essendon.

Carlisle will be eligible to debut for the Saints against Collingwood in round three, after being ruled out of games against Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs. 

The club said Carlisle would undertake a rehabilitation program focused on understanding 'implications of glamorising drug use.'   

In an interview conducted by St Kilda after the meeting Carlisle said: "what's happened, happened and hopefully we can just move on."

"I'm prepared to own up to what's happened, I just want to move forward. I just want to be better for it as well, that's what I've tried to be is just be honest. 

Carlisle went on to apologise to members of his new club down the barrel of the camera, saying he regretted what was a 'big mistake'.

The AFL played a key role in the long list of sanctions, insisting the suspension should take place at the start of the premiership season.

The League declared Carlisle's 'conduct was prejudicial to the interests of the AFL under the AFL Rules.'

In a statement, AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said Carlisle would be permitted to play in the 2016 NAB Challenge and the VFL.

He'll also be subject to target testing, an additional suspended four-game ban for any further conduct unbecoming, variations to his playing contract and a suspended $5000 fine.

The former Bomber fronted St Kilda's leadership group and senior staff this week, in what coach Alan Richardson described as an 'appropriately confronting' meeting. 

"This has become a very costly mistake for Jake and he clearly commences his career at St Kilda on notice that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” Richardson said in a statement.

“It’s the worst possible way to start at a new club and he was given very honest and direct feedback about the standards expected of him. 

“To his credit, Jake has taken responsibility for his behaviour and has taken ownership of these sanctions which are important steps in him integrating as a Saints player.

“He now needs to work hard and buy into the culture and standards we are building. He needs to commit to making our people proud on and off the field.”

Skipper Nick Riewoldt took part in the meeting by phone from Texas.

“We have come so far as a club and we will not let this incident divert us,” Riewoldt said.

“Jake admitted he made a mistake and that’s important. The leadership group will now back ourselves to get the best out of him as both a player and person and support his efforts to win the confidence of the broader playing group and our fans.”

Senior Saints 'filthy' with Carlisle

St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis said the club had managed ‘a unique situation’ in an open and honest manner.

“We believe we have reached an outcome today that sends a very loud message to both Jake and the community that we do not condone his behaviour while still giving him the best chance to succeed moving forward,” he said.

The Saints said they were unaware of the video on the morning when they completed the trade with the Dons for the 24-year-old.

Contacted by AFL.com.au at the time, Channel Nine (who first aired it) said they had spoken to Carlisle's manager Anthony McConville to alert him to the contents of the video before the trade between St Kilda and Essendon went through.

The network said it obtained the video of Carlisle after he sent the vision to a friend via social media app Snapchat.