AFL players have sought treatment for meth addiction: report

Yahoo!7 November 30, 2012, 10:06 am

At least two Melbourne-based AFL players have sought treatment for addiction to the drug methamphetamine, according to News Ltd.

A report in Melbourne's Herald Sun claims two drug clinics are known to have treated footballers battling addiction.

The report claims the players went alone in seeking help as they feared the consequences from their club and the AFL.

The claims from News Ltd come just days after Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert said illegal drug use among AFL players was the biggest problem in the game.

Pert is adamant he was talking about AFL footballers in general, not specifically Collingwood players.

The Pies chief has led the push for a January forum involving all 18 clubs on illicit drug use.

On Thursday, the Magpies were forced to defend themselves after a Fairfax report slammed the off-field behaviour of champion midfielder Dane Swan.

"Swan is not the only player at Collingwood who has been a law unto himself during his end-of-season break but he has been a dreadful influence for some time," Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson wrote.

Under the AFL's three-strikes illicit drugs policy, club officials are kept in the dark until a player registers a third positive test.

A concerned Pert says players are at a high risk during the off-season when they are away from their club and the and the day-to-day regime of training and playing.

"There's volcanic behaviour ... there's definitely a concern that's been raised to all of the club CEOs and the AFL are very aware of this," Pert said.

"By the nature of the disciplines we put in place for the players ... at times, especially during the off-season or when we have breaks, (they) are deemed the highest-risk times.

"Having that sort of knowledge and being aware of it helps the clubs and helps the AFL deal with that."

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  1. Anthony06:30pm Saturday 08th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a pack of idiots we have commenting on nothing to do with this article - So I will comment on the article..... Why not have one rule for all. I am an AFL fan but I don't like the players association protecting the drug user players with this 3 strikes #$%$........

  2. Tim Sainter08:53pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Over four and a half hours to reply?.....lmao @ you yet again!!!!! Yaaaaawn.... Your just a sniper low - life sneaking around on the net ! Anymore hook line and sinker one liner's? Your a pathetic stirrer that's all you like doing for your own self satisfaction.....By calling me gay when i'm not, is that your interpretation of humor? Sick sense of humor you have....You give no respect....You get none in return....still lmao @ you!!!

  3. Tim Sainter04:43pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Avoid confrontation all you like....You slandering!

  4. Tim Sainter04:08pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yaaaaawn,what was that you murmed? You like using my name on your profile page....I must really be a thorn in your side....You don't like being challenged do you...lmao @ U again....Yaaaaawn!

  5. Tim Sainter03:41pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What repartee?.....lmao! Is that u dogs 47 or rooster? So many multi profiler i can't work out who is who anymore! lol.

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  6. 09:39am Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Tim Tam....Con Dom is more than funny. He is the master of satire and most articulate. More than one profile??....definitely not his style.... Hang in there Timmy we at ringside are enjoying the repartee.

  7. Tim Sainter09:04pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Your so funny cone dome.......Your incorrect on that....Because i have never admitted anything to you and others on here know it too and they also know what you are like on here and i would actually like you to tell everyone how many "profiles" you have on here....The two cats on a profile photo...Mr Shizen the multi-profiler 3rds footballer....You have claimed to be smart.......NOT! lmao @ U...........again,its so easy!

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  8. Thy05:39pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Didn't Aker speak about this sometime a go but he was made to look like a wanker. Sign of the times teens and young adults thinking they are the be all and end all.

  9. slobby Don04:20pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Loraine, What is Feb government, Retardness should be made a criminal offence & hack filth like you eradicated from society. We are talking about why Gays are what they are & now its confimed. Parkinson Pills did it. We also know Joo Liar fell from a truck as it says Human Waste Spilt on Busy road. Both are relevent because look what the drugs are doing to your hack mind. Feb Gov Because because ,this about, about. SPAZ

  10. Lorraine04:01pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You lot of fools go somewhere else with your whinge about the feb gov this about AFL player and their use of drugs