The tragic story of Jim Stynes’ passing last week has been followed by another sad story today as former AFL champion Ben Cousins has once again found himself in trouble with drugs.
Cousins was caught by police while in possession of amphetamines and will have to face a Western Australian court over the charges (possession of methamphetamines with the intent to sell or supply).
Police arrested Cousins in the coastal town of Esperance, south of Perth, and was allegedly heading back to a drug rehabilitation center in town.
Cousins had a fantastic career in the AFL and played the majority of his career for the West Coast Eagles where he was captain for a five year span, was named as an All-Australian six times, won a Brownlow Medal and a premiership with the club.
He was sacked by the Eagles in late 2007 and received a one year ban from the AFL two months later for “bringing the game into disrepute”, before two final seasons at the Richmond football club.
Cousins’ struggle with substance abuse has been well documented by the Australian media and he has had numerous run-ins with the law and more than a few notoriously dodgy characters.
Two visits to Californian drug rehab centers have not helped the former superstar who has sadly suffered a number of reported relapses in 2012.
Cousins will face court in the town of Kalgoorlie on Monday.