Ben Cousins should steer clear of pills, even legal ones
Even if you take the Richmond Football Club’s explanation at face value, the troubled Ben Cousins’ latest flirtation with disaster proves that he still uses substances as a crutch. And he probably always will.
Following a profile on Cousins in GQ last year, I wrote that he was still in the grip of his addiction and despite all the hype about his new clean image.
He offered a throwaway remark in the interview that he could still “have a few beers” and had learned to “drink differently.” Rubbish.
If you have a pattern of three day benders like Cousins, it’s all or nothing. Ask Andrew Johns.
Perhaps the greatest league player of all time will never recover from the racism scandal in which he finds himself. Johns wrote a book about his bipolar disorder but was sucked back into the big-drinking NSW team bonding sessions.
It was in this context that he referred to perhaps the best current league player in the world, Greg Inglis, as a “black c..t.”
Cousins’ hospitalisation may be exactly as his club says - a severe reaction to a legal sleeping pill.
But the question remains: with his background, why does he need pills to “come down” from the high of a victory over the Swans anyway?
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