North Melbourne’s Jaidyn Stephenson in hospital after breaking hip trying to ride his bike after drinking
A “sick and sorry” North Melbourne recruit has been rushed to hospital after breaking his hip while trying to perform a trick on his bike during a drinking session with mates.
The Kangaroos have confirmed Jaidyn Stephenson will be assessed by a surgeon after coming off his bike in the boozy incident at his home on Friday.
The former Pie had friends over when he fell from the back deck while performing his trick and landed on concrete paving.
“Initially, after the accident, Jaidyn was able to walk but the pain progressed to a point that an ambulance was called,” North Melbourne footy boss Brady Rawlings said.
“He was kept in overnight and he looks like he might be laid up for a while. At this stage he’ll have a stay in hospital while his surgeon decides whether he’ll need surgery.
“It puts a dampener on what was a promising season for Jaidyn.”
Rawlings confirmed the club was “disappointed” in Stephenson’s error of judgement.
“We’re disappointed with his poor judgement and his reckless action has resulted in quite a painful injury for him,” he said.
“Jaidyn’s pretty flat at the moment and he’s a bit sick and sorry.”
The 2018 Rising Star was taken to hospital by paramedics on Friday and remains “in the best possible care”, according to the club.
Scans have confirmed the 22-year-old suffered a small fracture to his hip in the fall.
Stephenson had been one of the best for the Kangaroos in a tough year after arriving in a shock trade from Collingwood at the end of 2020.
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