Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder has been charged with assault following an incident outside an Adelaide nightclub.
The AFL player was with his younger brother and cousin outside a club in Hindley Street about 1.15am today, police said.
"While police were attempting to break up the fight, it will be alleged three men hindered police and assaulted officers," a South Australian police spokeswoman said.
The officers sustained minor injuries, she said. "Ryder met with club officials this morning to express his disappointment and regret involving himself in an incident which primarily concerned his brother," a Port Adelaide statement said.
"Given this is a police matter, Ryder and the club will not be making any further comment until after the court hearing."
The scrap follows the most impressive season of Ryder's 210-game career. Ryder's consistent ruck dominance was rewarded with selection in the league's prestigious All-Australian side.
The 29-year-old is among the leading contenders to win Port's best-and-fairest award, a scenario that could make for an awkward acceptance speech on Friday night.
... He was released on bail today after being charged with an assault and hindering police.
Two others were also charged by police including a 22-year-old man from Western Australia for resisting police and a 23-year-old WA man charged with assault police.
The Port Adelaide player will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on November 15.
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