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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Drug-Taking Footy Players

Used-and-abused Carlton ruckman Laurence "Moses" Angwin (pictured below, presumably while straight) has blown the whistle on the biggest open secret in AFL: a hell of a lot of professional football players are into ecstasy.

After being sacked for showing up to training still trippin' (amongst other offences) it seems he's done a little spill-all at Kerry's The Bulletin. To what end, we may ask? I guess he misses the limelight. (Like many brats, he can't distinguish between "positive attention" and "negative attention".)

Why do people care about his revelations? Do they really think AFL players are saints? I'm not shocked that quite a few AFL players are into drugs - many young people are. Nor can we be shocked that they prefer stimulants: price is no object, they enjoy the company of drug dealers and they won't suffer from the munchies (and stuff themselves with 7-Eleven donuts at 3am). And let's not forget: in many cases their bosses are forcing stimulants down their throats at work! (Yes, all those No-Doze and caffeine tablets the coaches are shovelling in must really send a responsible message.)

The main question for me is why their employers - and fans - are not interested that a large number of players abuse drugs fortnightly.

"No one at Carlton asked us if other players were involved because, I guess, they didn't want to hear the answer," Angwin said.


"And it wasn't just Carlton where this was happening, it was just commonplace, especially amongst the younger blokes" ...

Carlton president Ian Collins said last night the club had no intention of investigating Angwin's claims about other Blues players, pointing out that the disgraced ruckman had a history of lying.


"It's 12 months old and as far as I'm concerned, we don't believe it's an issue, that's history. But if anything like that happened in the future, we'd take the same sort of action," he said.
(The Age, 18/5)

Taking ecstasy and dancing 'til dawn leaves you exhausted and dehydrated, with your sleep pattern out of whack for a few days and your mood chemicals (dopamine and seratonin) depleted for a week or more. Doing it weekly or fortnightly is physically and psychologically debilitating. It's impossible to imagine an athlete giving 100% under such circumstances.

The cheapest AFL players get at least $80,000, with the good ones on contracts of up to a million bucks a year. To play, what, 20 or 30 hours of footy a season? It beggars belief that the clubs are so uninterested in protecting their investment that they'd ensure the kids keep off the pills.

Even more disturbing - the ecstasy/rave scene is famous for its motto/cliche/philosophy of "PLUR" (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect). How the hell do footy players operate in that environment? It seems totally anathema to their values. I would have thought over-bearing, aggressive and arrogant footballers would go for the ego-inflating effects of cocaine instead.

Any experiences with footballers and their drug of choice? Please share them (please, no names!) by clicking the comment link below.

NB: Laurence Angwin is nicknamed "Moses" ... because he's the man with the tablets, of course!

Citations: The Age, 18/5

Word Count: 539

Tags: footy, drugs

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  • Pro blog mate,welldone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:54 pm, August 10, 2006  

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  • Maybe it's time we considered what does or doesn't make a person good. For years we've been led to believe that using drugs other than tobacco, alcohol and caffeine is some kind of cardinal sin. Well it's not. Just because we've been foolishly following American prohibition policies for over 40 years doesn't make it a good decision. It's got nothing to do with the club or police what these guys do. Wake up's actually your personal right to decide what to ingest.
    Drug taking footballers are just normal people with just a bit more money to spend...and why shouldn't they enjoy it?

    By Blogger maurice, at 12:18 pm, October 17, 2007  

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  • Look, you are 100% correct: choosing to take drugs other than alcohol for fun does not make you a bad person per se.

    It is different for professional footballers during their playing careers. They are paid a lot of money to forgo such pleasures in order to deliver a stellar performance for their fans. Taking drugs on the sly is cheating those fans.

    AFL players are also role models (yes, yes, many don't like it but a number of senior players and officials have conceded that it's true). Thousands of kids - unreasonably - look up to them. I wish they didn't, but they do. It's part of how footballers get their enormous wealth.

    When you consider the average playing career is less than five years, insisting that they stay off drugs before and after is hardly an onerous constraint when it means fulfilling the dream of lifetime.

    By Blogger Greg, at 12:28 pm, October 17, 2007  

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  • Being drafted to a Victorian club, ended my ex's footy career. He turned into a big druggie....Thanks go out to Barry Hall, Nicky Winmar, Jeffrey Farmer, Peter Everett but especially Barry 'bloody ectasy' Hall.

    Life ruiners....and there are fools on the committee's who say..."Yeah!! Hire these idiots, they're hard, they're tough, well win win win!!"
    One word LOSERS

    By Anonymous Proud of our Players???, at 3:04 am, May 01, 2009  

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  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 am, February 08, 2016  

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