Ben Cousins arrested after police pursuit-refused breath test- AGAIN


Ben Cousins has been arrested and charged with reckless driving after a police pursuit in

Ben Cousins has been arrested and charged with reckless driving after a police pursuit in WA. Source: Channel 7

AFL bad boy Ben Cousins has been arrested after a police pursuit in Western Australia.

The former West Coast Eagles superstar was allegedly driving recklessly along Preston Point Road in Bicton about 10.30pm on Wednesday night, Seven News reported.
Cousins allegedly told police he could not stop due to a family emergency so he continued to drive, running red lights at slow speeds. same old same old, at least he didn’t ditch his passengers and jump into a river to avoid the test.

Ben Cousins arrested after police pursuit

Ben Cousins after his arrest on Wednesday night. Source: Channel 7

He was charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to give a sample of breath.
The 36-year-old was released on bail and was due to face court on April 8.
He reportedly spent about three hours in the Fremantle Police Station before being collected in a lane way behind the station.
Cousins’ attempt to avoid media was not successful but, when asked whether he wanted to comment he said, “No,” before being driven away.
Cousins has frequently created headlines over well-publicised troubles with drugs and underworld connections that overshadowed his on-field brilliance.
The 2005 Brownlow Medallist and premiership player’s career came to an at the Eagles after a series of off-field indiscretions and he finished his playing days at Richmond.

Cousins will face court on April 8.

Cousins will face court on April 8. Source: Channel 7


BEN COUSINS TIMELINE
SEPTEMBER 2002: Fights teammate Daniel Kerr at a nightclub in Perth suburb of Claremont. Cousins’ arm is broken after he is pushed downstairs by an unknown assailant.
MAY 4, 2005: Cousins and ruckman Michael Gardiner embroiled in police investigation into a nightclub shooting in January. The star Eagles and their lawyer refuse to answer questions relating to Perth gangland violence.
MAY 5: Publicly apologises for his association with alleged underworld figures as Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett warns Cousins and Gardiner they are on their last chance.
FEBRUARY 17, 2006: Abandons his car and runs from police near a breath-testing station in Perth.
FEBRUARY 20: Walks away from the West Coast captaincy.
FEBRUARY 27: Police charge Cousins over abandoning his car on a highway to avoid a booze bus. He is later fined $900.
SEPTEMBER 30: Judd and Cousins hold the premiership cup aloft on the MCG after West Coast defeats Sydney by one point.
DECEMBER 3: Arrested for being drunk in public after being found intoxicated and dazed outside the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Cousins is taken into custody for four hours.
JANUARY 9, 2007: Charge of being drunk in public dismissed.

Cousins’ off-field dramas overshadowed his brilliance on the field.

Cousins’ off-field dramas overshadowed his brilliance on the field. Source: Supplied

MARCH 20: Seeks drug- rehabilitation advice for “substance abuse”.
MARCH 22: Parents Bryan and Stephanie reveal Cousins’ problem relates to substance abuse but won’t go into details.
MARCH 23: Goes on a three-day bender after being suspended indefinitely by the club, a source close to the Cousins camp says.
MARCH 31: Heads to a Californian rehabilitation facility that specialises in methamphetamine addiction to fight his drug addiction.
APRIL 30: Arrives home from the US as Eagles chairman Dalton Gooding tells the AFL Commission the club will let Cousins play again only after he fulfils a series of stringent conditions. These include a public statement and an assurance he is drug-free.
MAY 5: Appears on national TV to admit to substance abuse and apologise for his fall from grace.
JUNE 28: Meets AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou, medical officer Peter Harcourt and others to argue he has overcome the substance-use problems.
JULY 21: Returns to the AFL with a 38-possession game against Sydney, but the AFL is attacked for allowing him to play without being officially punished for drug use or speaking publicly about his drug battle.
JULY 28: Drug-tested immediately after West Coast’s big win against the Bulldogs at Telstra Dome.
SEPTEMBER 7: Misses the rest of the season after he tears his left hamstring in the qualifying final against Port at AAMI Stadium. TV cameras capture words “Such Is Life” tattooed across his stomach.
OCTOBER 1: Sources confirm Cousins was with mentor Chris Mainwaring at his Perth home hours before Mainwaring collapsed and died.

Cousins leaving the Central Law Courts in Perth, where he faced charges of possessing dru

Cousins leaving the Central Law Courts in Perth, where he faced charges of possessing drugs with an intent to sell, in 2012. Source: News Limited

OCTOBER 16: Cousins charged by WA police with possession of a prohibited drug (diazepam tablets) without a prescription and failing to submit to a police driver assessment test (including blood) after his car was pulled over in the Perth suburb of Northbridge.
OCTOBER 17: West Coast sacks Cousins at an emergency board meeting. Eagles say he is “terribly sick” and that his focus must be “solely and only on his health”.
OCTOBER 19: Drug charges against Cousins dropped after police admit that under WA law diazepam is prohibited only in injectable liquid form.
NOVEMBER 19: The AFL Commission suspends Cousins for 12 months for bringing the game into disrepute.
OCTOBER 1, 2008: Cousins’ return to West Coast ruled out.
OCTOBER 17: Collingwood, the one-time favourite to secure Cousins, withdraws from the race to recruit him.
OCTOBER 26: St Kilda flags its intense interest in Cousins when five club officials – including coach Ross Lyon – grill the player over dinner in Pt Lonsdale.
NOVEMBER 18: The AFL re-registers Cousins.
NOVEMBER 29: Cousins is passed over in the national draft.
DECEMBER 16: Richmond takes Cousins with the final pick in the pre-season draft.
MARCH 26, 2009: Cousins makes his Tigers debut against Carlton.
JULY 5, 2010: Cousins admitted to hospital suffering an adverse reaction to sleeping pills

Cousins announces his retirement from the AFL in 2010.

Cousins announces his retirement from the AFL in 2010. Source: Supplied

AUGUST 17 2010: Announces he will end his AFL career at season’s end
AUGUST 28 2010: Channel 7 airs his controversial television documentary
SEPTEMBER 2010: Releases his tell-all autobiography Such Is Life
SEPTEMBER 2011: Partner Maylea Tinecheff gives birth to their son, Bobby Ernest Cousins.
JANUARY 9 2012: Cousins admitted to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after a fall at a drug rehabilitation clinic.
JANUARY 13 2012: Committed by doctors to a suburban mental health unit under police escort after suffering drug-induced psychosis
MARCH 27 2012: Charged with possession of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply by Esperance police in WA’s South-West where he was attending a drug rehabilitation centre.
JANUARY, 2015: Hospitalised after his head in fall at a rehabilitation clinic.

Another sports star F/wit- Daniel Kerr charged over violent incident


“Allegedly” Pouring petrol over the house of the parents of a let’s say drug colleague is something to be proud of! What is wrong with these tools? Brilliant player disturbed and wayward person. Daniel has form, being found on police tapes in a crime investigation years ago talking about Ketamine (as a current player) Makes me wonder about their premierships, when we know Ben Cousins was as a high as a kite and club did nothing and he went on to win the Brownlow medal off his face (also deserted close friends approaching a booze/drug bus by diving into a river!!!) What a classy club. Future hall of famer’s

UPDATE

November 24, 2014 7:43AM

 

His parents did the best thing for him, refused to pay his measly $5000 surely, (neither would his wealthy former team mates) leaving him in jail for 5 days.

Daniel Kerr reveals he has hit rock bottom, and his mother refused to bail him out

Daniel Kerr says five days in jail made him reassess his life.

Daniel Kerr says five days in jail made him reassess his life.

TROUBLED former West Coast Eagles star Daniel Kerr, who spent four nights in prison last week, has revealed that he has hit rock bottom.

The 31-year-old, who is soon to face court on two charges of endangering life, health or safety of a person, says his life “can’t get much lower, I don’t think’’.

And in a bizarre twist, it has emerged that the former footballer’s father was the victim of a violent attack on the weekend, stabbed in the chest during an altercation with a group of men (see report below). Mr Kerr senior is now home from hospital.

Speaking for the first time since his release from Hakea Prison last Sunday, Kerr told Seven News that five days in jail was “the kick in the butt I needed’’.

“I’m going OK. There will be a pending court case which I can’t talk about, but I can’t really change what happens there, I can only change my actions going forward,’’ the former Eagles star mid-fielder told Seven News.

“As much as maybe there will be some pretty heavy consequences, I think it was the kick in the butt that I needed.’’

Daniel Kerr is led from Hakea Prison by his parents. Picture: Channel Nine

Daniel Kerr is led from Hakea Prison by his parents. Picture: Channel Nine

Kerr described how he was held in the crisis care unit at Hakea Prison, an area separate from other prisoners.

“There were some pretty hard times. I couldn’t get to sleep in there. It gave me a lot of time to think. It was what I needed,’’ he said.

Kerr said it was his mother Roxanne’s decision not to bail him out of jail immediately after his arrest — and that high-profile teammates said they could not meet the $5000 surety.

“I made bail, so I think it was my mum’s decision to keep me in there for four or five days which at the time I wasn’t too impressed with,’’ he said.

“I think it was a $5000 surety I was looking for, and Embers and Coxy (former teammates Andrew Embley and Dean Cox) couldn’t put it together themselves so I had to wait for Mum for five days, but it was the kick in the butt I needed.

“I mean, it really has made me realise the important things in life.’’

Kerr arrives at the Wembley home where he mus reside after being released on bail. Pictur

Kerr arrives at the Wembley home where he mus reside after being released on bail. Picture: Twitter/Tracy Vo, Channel Nine

Appearing relaxed and clean-cut, Kerr told Seven he was trying to regain his family’s trust. He planned to focus on a promise of home renovations before his return to court on November 26.

“First of all I’ve got a house that I need to finish that I have been promising (wife) Natasha that I would finish renovating for a while, then the court case will come along and I will see if I have to spend some time in jail to reflect on things or whether I can go out into the real world and get a job,’’ he said.

He accepts that football fans have a lower opinion of him since he was charged.

Kerr, a two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up, in his heyday.

Kerr, a two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up, in his heyday.

“The majority of them (fans) dislike me, which is fair enough, I mean, I don’t like what’s happened, my family doesn’t like what’s happened, but everyone’s been pretty good and hopefully we can move forward,’’ he said.

Kerr’s father stabbed

Daniel Kerr’s father Roger was stabbed on Saturday night during an altercation with a group of men, Seven News reported.

Roger Kerr, a former WAFL player, was reportedly in a taxi on his way home to Kardinya from Crown Casino after midnight when there was an altercation with a car load of men on Leach Highway.

Kerr senior was allegedly stabbed. He made it home where police and an ambulance were called and he was taken to Royal Perth Hospital around 2am and left soon after.

Roger Kerr in the spotlight during his son’s troubles with the law last week.

Roger Kerr during his son’s run-in with the law last week.

Mr Kerr, 53, has not made a formal complaint to police.

It is believed that he did not know the men involved and reportedly suffered a 2cm stab wound to his lower left chest.

Daniel Kerr visited him at home today.

It was made clear that Kerr, whose bail conditions require him to adhere to a night curfew, was in no way involved in the stabbing incident, which police are investigating.


 

Former West Coast Eagles footballer Daniel Kerr charged over violent incident

Nine News - Kerr arrest
Daniel Kerr in action for the West Coast Eagles. The former footballer has been charged w

Daniel Kerr in action for the West Coast Eagles. The former footballer has been charged with assault.

FORMER West Coast Eagles star Daniel Kerr allegedly splashed petrol around a Glendalough property, tried to light a fire and threatened a man and woman inside, it has been reported.

The 31-year-old was granted bail after a brief court appearance in the wake of his arrest in Perth last night.

However, he reportedly failed to post bail after he was unable to secure a $5000 surety and was due to spend at least last night behind bars at Hakea Prison.

Kerr was arrested last night after WA Police were called to an alleged altercation at a private residence in Pollard Street, Glendalough at about 11pm.

Nine News reported that Kerr was acting bizarrely when he allegedly threw petrol at a man and a woman inside the Glendalough home.

Seven News reported an agitated Kerr allegedly smashed furniture inside the Glendalough property before splashing petrol around, threatening to set it on fire. A small fire was lit, it reported.

Daniel Kerr’s parents Roger and Roxanne Kerr leave court. Picture: Matthew Poon

Daniel Kerr’s parents Roger and Roxanne Kerr leave court. Picture: Matthew Poon

A neighbour said he heard loud noises, an alarm and a man yelling before a car drove off last night.

Kerr was charged with two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person and remanded in custody before he appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court this afternoon.

He has been granted bail on the condition he remain at his Wembley residence between 7pm and 7am and he has been ordered not to go within 100 metres of the homes of the two complainants, in Glendalough and North Beach.

His lawyer, John Prior, told the court he was aware of the seriousness of the charges but was entitled to the presumption of innocence.

“The charges are serious and the allegations are serious, but commonly people are put on bail with charges of this nature,” Mr Prior said.

Kerr stood with his head bowed and did not speak. The matter was adjourned to November 26.

The troubled ex-footballer’s parents Roger and Roxanne Kerr arrived at court this afternoon, but left without their son.

Kerr’s accomplished 220-game career at West Coast was littered with a string of off-field controversies.

St John Ambulance said it was called to the incident but an ambulance was not required.

Daniel Kerr was reportedly taken to Hakea Prison after failing to post bail.

Daniel Kerr was reportedly taken to Hakea Prison after failing to post bail.

West Coast released a statement late this morning following Kerr’s arrest.

“The West Coast Eagles are disappointed and saddened at news of Daniel Kerr’s recent arrest,” the statement read.

“We will continue to support Daniel, who was an outstanding player for this club, to get the help he needs to recover from this situation and to get his life back on track.

“As this matter is now in the hands of police, the club has no further comment to make.”

Kerr’s former coach John Worsfold told Seven News: “Immediate reaction is the concern that Daniel’s OK himself and he’s not getting himself into trouble and then you wonder if you can contact him and help him out.”

“There are players, if they don’t really commit to anything while they’re playing footy and have some idea about a pathway post-football, they can feel worthless when they finish playing.”

Daniel Kerr played 220 games for West Coast.

Daniel Kerr played 220 games for West Coast.

Kerr’s premiership teammate Andrew Embley told Nine News: “It’s quite sad, I know Daniel’s not just an ex-teammate of mine but a really close friend.

“He’s obviously going through a few issues at the moment, I know he’s got a lot of family support and friend support around him, so hopefully he can get through some of those challenges he’s facing.”

West Coast champion Glen Jakovich tweeted it was sad to see Kerr “struggle with life after footy”.

“Hope he learns from this latest issue. Deep down he is a good person!!,” Jakovich tweeted.

DANIEL KERR’S AFL CAREER

Drafted: Pick 18 in 2000 National Draft, from East FremantleGames: 220 games for West Coast (2001-2013)

Goals: 122

Highlights: 2006 premiership player, two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up (2005, 2007)

Ricky Nixon crisis a wake-up call to everyone in AFL


Ricky Nixon

Ricky Nixon leaves the Herald Sun building. Picture: Craig Borrow Source: Herald Sun

SEVERAL weeks ago, I wrote in these pages about the scandal enveloping St Kilda Football Club.

The first person to email me that day was none other than player manager Ricky Nixon, who wanted to defend the 17-year-old girl and the players at the centre of the crisis.

He accused me of taking a cheap shot at the parties involved and of not being in possession of the facts. As it turns out, he was launching the dogged defence after his alleged sexual encounter with the teenager.

The facts as they now read are far more tawdry than anyone could have imagined and place Nixon in a position way beyond mere player manager.

Nixon stands accused today of a liaison with the troubled teenager which involved the 47-year-old going to the girl’s hotel on several occasions.

He denies her claims they had sex, but admits he took alcohol to her room. Several tapes and videos mean Nixon may find his denials fall on deaf ears.

The deeply troubled and troublesome teenager had used her not inconsiderable skills as a social networker to document her alleged affair with Nixon.

She allegedly spent Valentine’s Day with married Nixon and had several other romantic encounters with him.

When it inevitably went pear-shaped, the girl hit Twitter again, claiming Nixon had wronged her and she had photographic evidence of an affair.

“This is it,” she wrote. “It is now officially over. Ultimate payback.”

In coming days, we will see the very public unravelling of a deeply disturbing episode, which should send alarm bells ringing through every professional football organisation and media outlet.

Ricky Nixon has ruled the roost in Melbourne for many years as manager to the AFL‘s biggest stars — including Wayne Carey and Ben Cousins — and creating his own headlines in the process.

As his life unravelled in recent years, with several charges against his name for alcohol-related offences, he remained a powerful player in the AFL.

While commentators and administrators knew he was unstable, the young players he mentors have stuck solid and loyal, refusing to sack him.

This week, many of them, including arguably the game’s biggest star, Nick Riewoldt, will have that loyalty sorely tested as the blowtorch is applied.

Nixon faces severe sanctions from the AFL agents’ association, which may mean he is out of a job by week’s end.

But it’s not just Nixon who will receive a wake-up call when the dust settles on the St Kilda scandal.

The AFL, young players, professional football clubs and media organisations need to review the saga and learn from the mistakes made in recent months.

There is no doubt the teenage girl spelt trouble from the beginning. She wreaked havoc with several young footballers and used social networking to spread her vengeance.

The footballers, by the way, were far from blameless. They should have known better and been counselled.

Instead, denials and protecting of reputations became more important than the fact these young men were dealing with a girl who was under age.

Riewoldt was caught in the middle of it, forced to defend himself when nude photographs of him found their way to Facebook. The game’s best-known face is old enough to know better than be snapped by teammates naked.

St Kilda tried to manage the scandal in-house when the AFL and even the police should have been called in.

Instead of just going away, as everyone had hoped, the girl held all and sundry to ransom for months.

She may finally get some desperately needed psychiatric help.

She has been manipulating all of the parties involved in this scandal, including the media and, more particularly, this newspaper. She has done so by dangling the lure of more pictures and videos.

The AFL is finally involved. So, too, the player agents’ association which will rule on Nixon’s future.

When it is over, the AFL may like to use it as the main reason for introducing rules on players visiting high schools and developing mechanisms for dealing with the power of social networking.

It may also be the wake-up call clubs, players and the AFL needed to curtail the power of player managers, those men dubbed the parasites of sport by the multitudes who have been at the wrong end of dealings with them.

HAWTHORN footballer Travis Tuck overdoses (son of Michael Tuck)


Son of Hawthrorn legend, Micahel Tuck, Travis Tuck overdoses

My Say Travis Tuck, why mate? Why are all these drug stories about AFL players, past and present popping up? Because of Ben Cousins Documentary? Well if your naive you will believe that.Maybe more so because it is a epidemic of society and footballers are part of our society.They just have heaps more money than most people… The only difference is they probably do not have to steal to buy it for their addiction, they are paid plenty compared to the young peers they hang around….sad but a true reality

Tuck – the son of Hawk legend Michael Tuck – was found by patrolling police in Berwick, at about midnight last Friday.

He was slumped in a vehicle parked in Lyall Rd.

Alarmed officers immediately called for an ambulance to help the stricken Tuck.

By the time paramedics arrived, he had regained consciousness and was taken to hospital.

A small glass jar containing a clear liquid was found.

Drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, was also located in the car.

Police said he would not be pursued over the incident.

Hawthorn would not confirm the identity of the player but did release a statement from chief executive Stuart Fox.

”The player was discharged from hospital into the care of his family following an incident in the early hours of Saturday morning,” he said.

“The Club and the players family will continue to support the player to ensure his personal health and welfare is secured.

“The Club has notified the AFL of the incident and will keep them fully informed if any more information comes to light.”

Ben Cousins-2nd Night Documentary


Bryan Cousins (pictured) says his son will make the most of the second chance handed to him by the Tigers (2008)

Hi guys, well this comment is from a purely personal viewpoint rather than a news point. I actually found out a lot more about Ben Cousins tonight than I diod last night. Having said that I could even further that by saying I learnt much more than what I did by reading all the media gravy train of bullshit over the period as they all tried to sell newspapers. Seriously, was there a time when newspaper execs cared about Ben Cousins? Honestly, I guess they are all about selling newspapers.

What I did learn tonight was Ben had a family that actually gave a fuck about him. So many addicted kids are written off by their families and that is for a number of reasons. But I think the ones that cling on and show love and support have a much better chance of connecting and thus helping their loved one.

(stay tuned tomorrow as I update and have a lot more to say about this story…Especially Bryan, his dad…a Man of granite turned to pulp over trying to deal with his beloved son.)

BEN Cousins’ father feared his son would die at the peak of his drug addiction.

Part two of the documentary revealed Cousins’ drug abuse was so bad he almost came to blows with his father, who was so worried about his son he went with him to get drugs.

The revelations follow calls from the West Australian police commissioner for Ben Cousins to name and shame his drug dealers if he is truly remorseful. The comments from Karl O’Callaghan came amid the furore over the Brownlow medallist’s controversial doco, Such Is Life.

Such Is Life-Ben Cousins


My Say

Are the Victorian Police serious? They would have to start arresting people by their thousands, not to mention all the TV crowd.Maybe they should roll up to the Logies and do drug testing and sniffer dogs, on Australia’s night of nights? Ben Cousins is showing a lot of courage in doing what he is doing.The doco is giving us a rare insight into the elite athlete/celebrity lifestyle. So many have something to answer for over Ben.The West coast Eagles for starters, his club, how the hell they never knew, even protected him from drug testers. His father, who seems really loving and concerned for his son.If he wanted to, he could of gone to the media to save his son years ago, but didn’t.Exposing him obviously was not as important as his football career…

Ben Cousins at training for the Tigers 2010

UPDATE 9.35am: VICTORIA Police has vowed to investigate any illegal drug taking screened in Ben Cousins’ tell-all documentary but hasn’t seen anything to warrant a probe yet.

The first part of controversial documentary Such Is Life aired on Channel 7 last night.

The opening instalment topped last night’s television ratings, drawing a whopping 1.99m viewers, making it the most-watched program nationwide.

A police spokesman said that “any evidence” of illegal drug use screened in the documentary would be investigated.

But it was believed no drug taking screened in last night’s episode was committed in Victoria.

“At the moment, there is nothing in the Channel 7 coverage to indicate he has committed any offences in Victoria,’’ the spokesman said.

“If material comes to light through tonight’s program or it is revealed that Cousin’s drug use was in Victoria, we will investigate and act accordingly.”

More than 780,000 Melbourne viewers tuned in, the most from any capital city.

The documentary has already drawn plenty of comment and criticism, with footy icon Ron Barassi saying West Coast has “a lot to answer for” over its treatment of Ben Cousins.

Six-time premiership player Barassi said he had taped the documentary and hoped to watch it in the coming days.

When asked if he thought West Coast failed its duty of care to Cousins, Barassi said: “From what one hears, I think West Coast (has) a lot to answer for’’.

Ben Cousins and Chris Judd 2006 Grand Final

“Surely they must have known he was on drugs.

“It was not just one player from what I understand.’’

Youth worker Les Twentyman was not impressed by the documentary, saying it showed a far more glamorous life than the harsh reality of drug use.

“That was like watching Bambi compared to watching documentaries we made 10 years ago,” Twentyman said.

He said it portrayed “Hollywood style drug use, that’s not the reality to what we deal with, it destroys lives, Ben’s life hasn’t been destroyed”.

Twentyman also said the Eagles have a lot to answer for and he has “grave concerns” for Ben after he retires from footy this weekend.

Retiring Richmond veteran Cousins is in a race against time to play his last game against Port Adelaide on Sunday.

He left the field late in the third quarter against St Kilda with soreness high on his left leg and could not go back on.

Cousins said he expects to undergo a fitness test later in the week to determine if he can play.

Barassi said how Cousins motivated himself after football would depend on how much pride the Brownlow medallist had in himself.

“He has a chance to turn things around if he wants to keep going on this path to recovery,’’ he said.

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said the structures in Ben’s life will be important to stop him relapsing.

He says it’s a matter of managing the illness and not trying to cure it.

“He is suffering a disease that is resistant to treatment and subject to relapse,” Carr-Gregg said

Carr-Gregg says Ben’s ability to stay off drugs after retiring from football will be just as hard as when he first came off drugs.

“It think it will be enormous, I think it will be his greatest challenge ever,” says Carr-Gregg.

“I do believe when you see the whole thing it will be a useful tool for young people … I don’t think it normalised, sanitised or glamourised drug use at all.”

He says people should wait to see the whole documentary before making a judgement on it.

AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said the league would not comment on the documentary until it had been shown in full.