AFL let Wayne Carey out of doghouse after Hall of Fame furore with Australian Football Hall of Fame dinner invite, Jason Dunstall

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Less than a month after being banned from the NSW Hall of Fame dinner, Wayne Carey is back on the AFL guest list.

Earlier this month, Carey was made the inaugural selection into the NSW AFL Hall of Fame.

However, the two-time premiership winner was expected to become one of 10 candidates elevated to Legend status, until the AFL intervened.

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Not only was Carey barred from achieving Legend status, meaning only nine players were inducted, but after consulting with AFL CEO Andrew Dillon, the former Kangaroos skipper agreed not to feature at all at the gala evening.

Less than a month later, Carey was reportedly invited to attend the Australian Football Hall of Fame induction night in Melbourne on 18 June.

Carey isn’t slated to win an award that night, but he was invited to watch Hawks icon Jason Dunstall become the game’s 32nd legend.

Carey became a member of the Hall of Fame in 2010, and all inductees are invited to the event.

The Herald Sun reported that Carey was “eager to attend” the event, proving there were no hard feelings following the furor surrounding the NSW Hall of Fame night.

The NSW gala took place the same weekend the AFL honored victims of gender-based violence at matches across the league, sparking outrage in several quarters.

The North Melbourne great has a history riddled with domestic violence allegations, along with assault convictions, with many pointing out the hypocrisy of the now 53-year-old celebrated on the same weekend as they remembered victims of domestic violence.

The AFL executive held a crisis meeting when informed of the decision by AFL NSW, with the sport’s chief executive Dillion intervening, who personally called Carey to express concern about the induction.

“I called Wayne Carey early this morning to inform him of this and he agreed that becoming a legend would distract from the event and the important attention on the national response to the problem of gender-based violence against women,” Dillon told the Time .

“He also agreed that the focus should be on the inaugural nominees and the nine legends of NSW football who will be announced tonight.”

Among Carey’s long list of crimes, he pleaded guilty in 1997 to indecent assault after he grabbed a woman’s breast on a Melbourne street and allegedly asked her: “Why don’t you go and get a bigger pair of boobs ?”

In 2006, Carey allegedly hit himself in the head with a champagne bottle and struggled with a security guard after an alleged domestic dispute with then-girlfriend Kate Neilson in a New York hotel room.

The security guard, Kyle Banks, continued talking A current issue that he saw Carey “slap” Neilson in their room at the W Hotel and tried to intervene.

In 2007, Miami police were called to a luxury hotel after Carey allegedly smashed a wine glass in Neilson’s face during a confrontation in the hotel’s restaurant, leaving her “bleeding profusely.”

When police went to the couple’s suite, Carey lashed out and kicked a female officer in the mouth and was convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer.

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