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Ben Cousins and an inconvenient truth : Comments

By Michael Gard, published 3/9/2010

Telling young people who look up to athletes that sports and drugs donít mix doesn't work - because it's a lie.

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cheats abound in all walks of life, but we must maintain an olympic standard of truth in testing for drugs within all sports, just to keep the bastards honest.

We owe it to them, they owe it to us, their children, and society.

Drugs are not 'recreational', they kill and vitiate, they have no place in sports, period.
Posted by SHRODE, Friday, 3 September 2010 11:01:57 AM
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the funniest thing I have seen in a long time was Shane Warne on his high horse about banning cricket players involved in match fixing. He wanted his kids to see integrity in the game. So funny from someone who was so trustworthy towards Simone in married life and not to quick to reject taking outlawed slimming tablets (even though his mum made him do it). Face it guys we all have corrupt natures and the sports gods often bring out the worst.
Posted by runner, Friday, 3 September 2010 11:10:02 AM
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Hey shrode!

What about "Nitrogen narcosis"? (only joking)!
Posted by diver dan, Friday, 3 September 2010 11:10:51 PM
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A spoiled to buggery brat involved in a mindless sport well, nothing really to add is there ?
Posted by individual, Saturday, 4 September 2010 9:34:07 AM
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Go to any town or suburb in Australia and the locals will point out some local bloke who "should've played for Australia", "went to Hawthorn and blew it" etc. You will then hear a story about a young bloke who got a big chance, partied too hard and drank or smoked their ability away. It is a shame that few of these are as well known as Cousins or Johns.
Posted by benk, Saturday, 4 September 2010 11:55:17 AM
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I completely agree. Cocaine usage is rampant in the professions like law, medicine, and other high-performing, very demanding jobs.

The junkees you see on the street look sick and pale and thin because they don't eat, not because they take drugs.

Think about it. Marathon runners - who are healthy - look like junkees, with sunken in cheekbones, as well.

It's all about the diet. I know people that have taken drugs like heroin on and off for decades and you would never know if you saw their faces.

Ben Cousins wasn't a junkee, he couldn't have been if he could still train and have the motivation to play on weekends. Presumably they were testing him pretty often when he was playing given his shenanigans, so he can't have been an actual addict.

I don't even think he took heroin, or injected anything else. It's more of a rich brat syndrome story I think.

Not enough love from daddy or something.
Posted by Benjam1n, Sunday, 5 September 2010 10:28:22 AM
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