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.