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Bulldogs to investigate as social media photos of Bailey Smith surface

The Western Bulldogs have confirmed they will investigate a series of social media photos that appear to show star Bailey Smith holding a bag of white powder.

As reported by SEN’s Sam Edmund, Smith, currently serving a two-match suspension for a headbutt on Geelong’s Zach Tuohy, was at the centre of controversy when the photos surfaced on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs have since released a statement confirming an investigation is underway.

“The Western Bulldogs are aware of images of Bailey Smith circulating on social media,” the statement reads.

“The Club is investigating the legitimacy of these images and is not in a position to comment further at this time.”

Bailey Smith of the Bulldogs and Zach Tuohy of the Cats exchange a greeting.

(Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

According to Edmund, the photos were taken up to a year ago, but the exact nature of what occurred is unknown.

21-year old Smith has been one of the Bulldogs’ best performers in a difficult season, after a superb finals series in 2021 helped the club reach the grand final.

He has averaged nearly 32 disposals a game in 2022 so far, including a career-high 43 in the Dogs’ Round 5 win over North Melbourne.

Smith has quickly become one of the AFL’s most marketable figures; he is the most followed player on Instagram, with 371,000 followers.

Smith spent time away from the club in December last year for personal reasons, while he has already faced social media controversies in his young career; a fake nude photograph claiming to be of him began circulating in the days before the 2021 grand final.

Smith is currently uncontracted for 2023, with he and the Bulldogs reportedly in the process of negotiating a deal of up to $800,000 a year.

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