AFL star Lance “Buddy” Franklin is relieved no one was hurt when he crashed into four parked cars in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Franklin was travelling west along New South Head Road in Rose Bay in a 4WD on Wednesday night at about 7pm when the accident occurred.
The Sydney Swans’ $10 million recruit was breath tested and returned a negative result, NSW police told AAP.
Franklin has been issued a ticket for negligent driving and faces paying a fine of $405.
“Yes, it is a fine,” a spokesperson said, adding that investigations were continuing into the circumstances of the crash, which damaged all five cars including Franklin’s.
On Thursday morning, Franklin was heading to a Swans training session.
Asked how he was, Franklin he said he as “obviously a little bit upset with what happened”.
“Lucky no one was injured,” he told Network Seven.
“To come out unscathed, I’m happy with that.
“It’s not the best look.”
“(I) just got a little bit too close to the car that was parked on lane one and from there the airbags went off and that’s all I can say.”
The Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by Franklin is believed to belong to his girlfriend, model Jesinta Campbell, who’s a brand ambassador for the car maker.
The vehicle had extensive damage and had to be towed away.
The Sydney Swans said Franklin was licensed and insured.
“Franklin was the only person involved in the accident. He was not carrying any passengers and there were no passengers in any of the other vehicles involved,” the club said.
“No one was injured in the accident and Franklin is also unharmed.”
Earlier this year, Franklin’s luxury Mercedes was involved in a car accident.
Franklin relocated from the Hawthorn Hawks this season after signing a deal worth $10 million with the Swans last October.