Cocaine confession: Karmichael Hunt reveals footy party boy lifestyle


Cocaine confession: Karmichael Hunt reveals footy party boy lifestyle. AT THE height of his alcohol and drug binge, footy star Karmichael Hunt would party for days on end without sleeping, hide cocaine in his golf bag, turn up to official team functions high, and even meet his “dealer” outside a pizza shop to score more for himself and his club mates.
Cocaine confession: Karmichael Hunt reveals footy party boy lifestyle. AT THE height of his alcohol and drug binge, footy star Karmichael Hunt would party for days on end without sleeping, hide cocaine in his golf bag, turn up to official team functions high, and even meet his “dealer” outside a pizza shop to score more for himself and his club mates.

I didn’t dob in mates! yeah right…

Hunt compelled to name names in police statement

Posted Mon at 6:34amMon 6 Jul 2015, 6:34am

Disgraced football star Karmichael Hunt says he has contacted every player he named in a statement to Queensland police about cocaine use.

Hunt was arrested on charges of supplying cocaine in February and a month later was fined $2,500 by the Southport Magistrates Court and ordered to have drug counselling after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine in September and October last year.

Statements he made to police – which were leaked to the media – have allegedly implicated around a dozen AFL and NRL players who attended Mad Monday celebrations in August.

In a revealing interview on Channel Seven on Sunday night, Hunt says he was compelled by the Crime and Corruption Commission to tell the truth, or face real jail time.

“I have made my mistakes and as I have mentioned I have put my hand up and owned it,” he said.

“I was ignorant to the fact that I could get in trouble. In all honesty as dark as it has been, it is probably the greatest awakening that I’ve had.”

Hunt said he had no choice but to name names, but insisted the players were understanding and realised he had no choice.

“I guess the whole ‘ratting on my mates’ notion that is out there, dobbing my mates in to to save myself, was pretty disappointing,” he said.

“I was compelled to talk, I was compelled to turn up to the CCC and obviously talk and if I didn’t the repercussions were pretty serious.”

On top of his fines, Hunt also copped a six-week ban from the Queensland Reds, was stripped of his vice-captaincy, fined $30,000 by the Super Rugby franchise and ordered to have drug counselling.

AFL club the Gold Coast Suns have urged players to come forward about anything relating to drug use. There were players with Hunt at the Suns’ Mad Monday in late August and on a golf trip to the Sunshine Coast.

But Hunt has denied there is a drug culture at the AFL club.

“I have been reading stories about a drug culture here and there – that’s not the truth,” Hunt said.

He has reached out to Harley Bennell after the publication of photos which appeared to show the Suns young gun using illicit drugs in a Launceston hotel room, in March 2013.

He said he contacted former Gold Coast team-mates to support Bennell after the photos emerged.

He hoped Bennell could follow his lead and learn from his mistakes.

“Harley is going to have to do the same [owning his mistakes] going forward,” he said.

The Suns have not ruled out speaking to Hunt as part of their overhaul of drug testing and policies in light of the code hopper’s claims and Bennell’s pictures.


 Emma Hunt reveals toll of husband Karmichael Hunt’s drug abuse on Sunday Night

by Rachel Olding
Disgraced footballer Karmichael Hunt with wife Emma Hunt on <i>Sunday Night</i>.Disgraced footballer Karmichael Hunt with wife Emma Hunt on Sunday Night. Photo: Sunday Night

Karmichael Hunt’s wife has revealed she was almost relieved when her husband was arrested following “many years” of out-of-control alcohol and drug binges.

The disgraced footballer, who has played three codes in Australia, was arrested and charged in February with supplying cocaine for himself and others during his time with the Gold Coast Suns in 2014.

He agreed to blow the whistle on drug taking among players in a bombshell statement to the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission that reportedly named up to 12 others who took drugs at wild post-season parties and team golfing trips.

Hunt has played for all three football codes in Australia.Hunt has played for all three football codes in Australia. Photo: Sunday Night

Hunt’s wife Emma said her husband had been partying hard for years and it had taken a huge emotional toll on her.

She said she “wasn’t overly surprised” when he was caught.

“It was actually almost a sense of relief for me that it was like, OK, we’re here,” she told Channel 7 news on Sunday Night. “I just felt like hopefully it was the end of it, you know, the end of a period of many years.”

Emma Hunt said she had long tried to persuade Karmichael to quit binge-drinking and drug abuse.Emma Hunt said she had long tried to persuade Karmichael to quit binge-drinking and drug abuse. Photo: Sunday Night

She said she was three weeks away from having their third child, Bodhi, when Hunt’s cocaine disgrace became public.

“It was the last thing I needed to hear,” she said.

Hunt said his wife had tried to get him to stop his destructive behaviour several times but he ignored her.

He spoke of feeling untouchable after finishing intense footy seasons that included no drinking and strict dieting.

In one of four purchases over a 33-day period, he bought cocaine during the day outside a Domino’s Pizza shop in Miami.

“My mind convinced me that I deserved every reward I wanted to give myself,” he said. “[Emma] tried many times to get me on the straight and narrow and say, ‘look it’s not worth it, you could get in trouble’.”

However, he denied there was a drug culture at the Gold Coast Suns.

Hunt said he had no choice but to throw his teammates under the bus in his statement to the authorities. He said he spoke to every player that was named and they all understood the position he was in.

“The whole ‘ratting on my mates’ notion that’s out there and dobbing my mates in to save myself was pretty disappinting,” he said.

His wife said he was being portrayed as disloyal but he is one of the most loyal people she knows.

“I was compelled to talk, I was compelled to turn up to the [Queensland] CCC and if I didn’t the repercussions were pretty serious,” he said.

He said his parents and wife had known about his drug taking for a long time and his arrest was probably a relief for them, “[so] I could address all my issues and move forward”.

In March, he received a $2500 fine but no conviction from a Queensland court.


 

AT THE height of his alcohol and drug binge, footy star Karmichael Hunt would party for days on end without sleeping, hide cocaine in his golf bag, turn up to official team functions high, and even meet his “dealer” outside a pizza shop to score more for himself and his club mates.

The Sunday Telegraph has obtained information Hunt provided to Queensland law enforcement officers about his drug use, which includes explosive allegations against some of the biggest names in the two codes just days before he appeared in court.

The information was provided in return for Hunt getting a lighter sentence on four cocaine possession charges, which in turn saved his new $2 million contract with the Queensland Reds from being torn up.

Hunt would hide cocaine in his golf bag and, despite his famous sporting profile, he once met a drug dealer outside a Domino’s pizza restaurant on the Gold Coast to buy cocaine.

Hunt revealed details of player drug binges

Hunt revealed details of player drug binges Source: Supplied

Hunt returned to Reds training after the cocaine drama.

Hunt returned to Reds training after the cocaine drama. Source: News Corp Australia

And in a claim that will rock NRL administrators, Hunt identifies a previously unnamed NRL star as the person who gave him the phone number for a Gold Coast drug dealer.

The Sunday Telegraph has withheld the name of the Kangaroos and Origin player for legal reasons. He is not one of the Gold Coast Titans players who have been previously charged in relation to the scandal.

“I believe that I would have got (the dealer’s) number from (the player),” Hunt told the officers.

“While I have never partied with (the player) or seen him using drugs, I was aware that he partied every so often and dabbled with cocaine.

“It would have been for this reason that I contacted (the player) for a phone number to source cocaine for myself.”

Over a two-month drug and alcohol binge, Hunt bought a total of 12.5g of cocaine from a Gold Coast cartel.

He blames the stress of switching clubs and football codes for going off the rails.

“My memory from around this time was very hazy because of the amount I was drinking during the end-of-season weeks and I was using fair bit of cocaine around that time as well.”

ROLLING OVER

After he was charged, it is understood Hunt gave two statements to police in the knowledge it would lead to a lesser sentence, having pleaded guilty to the possession charges.

On March 4 in Southport Court, Hunt pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine.

He was fined $2500 and had no conviction recorded.

The four more serious charges of supplying cocaine were dropped.

Hunt playing golf and two of the places he revealed in his explosive statement.

Hunt playing golf and two of the places he revealed in his explosive statement. Source: Supplied

THE CONFESSION

The 28-year-old star, who now plays rugby for the Queensland Reds, admits he started using recreational drugs about six years ago.

In that time he managed to escape the drug testers in rugby league and AFL, who supposedly check players several times a year for recreational substances.

“When I was 22 or 23 I started experimenting using ecstasy when I was partying and drinking,” Hunt says.

“This would occur when I had extended time off, bye weeks or end of season.

“My use of ecstasy was pretty rare and I only used it about two or three times a year.

“This would always coincide with drinking alcohol. A few years later I experimented with cocaine, again when I was out drinking at bye weeks, end of season or other extended time-off periods.

“I remember nights when I was drinking very heavily and I would wake up remembering that I had snorted some cocaine.

“Initially I would only be using it when other guys had got some and gave it to me but there were occasions a few years after that where I would buy some for myself.”

THE BINGES

“My use of cocaine in the off-season was never as heavy as it was at the end of last season. There were a number of stresses during late-2014, including changing clubs and football codes, and I accept that my cocaine use during this time was the worst that it had ever been by far and I regret it.”

He says he did not delete the phone number of the alleged drug dealer from his mobile phone until he moved from the Gold Coast to Brisbane last December to begin training with the Queensland Reds.

“My memory from around this time was very hazy because of the amount I was drinking during the end-of-season weeks and I was using a fair bit of cocaine during that time as well,” he says.

END-OF-SEASON PARTY

Before their last game of the season against the West Coast Eagles, Hunt reveals a unit was booked in Burleigh for the Gold Coast Suns AFL players to party for a few days.

In the week leading up to the party, Hunt says he gave another former NRL player “a couple of grand” for him to purchase “two eight-balls of cocaine”.

Another Suns player paid half the money. Again for legal reasons, The Sunday Telegraph is withholding his name.

“I kept the cocaine at home in a golf bag and then at a later date at the Burleigh apartment,” Hunt said.

“The cocaine was purchased for our personal use during the end-of-season celebrations.

“There was no financial gain for me at all.”

 

THE MAD MONDAY

Celebrations were held at Swell Apartments in Burleigh, about 100m from the beach on the famous party strip.

Hunt said he and another player checked into the apartment on Sunday night, August 31.

The players then attended a club dinner and party before returning to the apartment at midnight. He names five other players who were with them. Their names cannot be published either.

“I was very drunk by the time we got back to the apartment,” Hunt said.

“I had used a little bit of cocaine at the party and I was affected by both alcohol and cocaine.

“I put the cocaine I bought on the dining room table.

“I was vaguely aware that most people there were using the cocaine during the night. I noticed the next morning all the cocaine had gone.”

At 7.26am Hunt made a call to the dealer to get more.

The Hinterlands where Hunt admitted to using cocaine in the toilets.

The Hinterlands where Hunt admitted to using cocaine in the toilets. Source: Supplied

THE HINTERLANDS

The next morning club members travelled on a bus to the Hinterlands for a lunch at the Bearded Dragon.

Most of them hadn’t slept from the party.

Because it was a public place, Hunt says he used cocaine that day in the toilet.

“I had not slept all night and looking back I remember feeling delusional on the day,” he said.

THE GOLF TRIP

A week after the Mad Monday celebration, a group of Suns players went on an end-of-­season golfing holiday to the Sunshine Coast.

The players took 30 cases of beer and some premixed UDL cans of Vodka.

Hunt said he took cocaine during a golf trip.

Hunt said he took cocaine during a golf trip. Source: News Limited

And of course Hunt took some cocaine.

According to Hunt, all but two players used the cocaine. It was before this getaway that Hunt met the (drug dealer) for the one and only time.

“I met with (the dealer) at Domino’s Pizza on the Gold Coast Highway at the end of Miami, start of Broadbeach,” he said.

“I was with (a player) and we chipped in about half the money each as the cocaine was for both of us.

“I was pretty drunk for the first three days and I was using cocaine.

“We would play golf and drink throughout the day. At night we would drink alcohol and use cocaine.

“I was vaguely aware that most people there were using the cocaine at nights.

“I don’t recall who did and didn’t use it as I was drunk and affected by the cocaine.

“However I definitely know that (a player) and (a player) didn’t use any cocaine on that trip as they are both very anti-drugs and that has always been the case since I have known them.

“My memory from around this time was very hazy because of the amount I was drinking during the end-of-season weeks and I was using fair bit of cocaine around that time as well.”

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5 thoughts on “Cocaine confession: Karmichael Hunt reveals footy party boy lifestyle”

  1. Blah blah blah, let’s keep forgiving and forgetting that they are committing an inditable offence, punishable by the full force of the law…….but only if you are NOT a “legend”, and someone that our children hold in the highest esteem!!!! Sorry, slap the cuffs on, throw them in, lock the door, throw away the key and hope that our children forget that they ever existed!

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  2. Definition of enabling – when everyone else works harder than you do to solve your problem. So I wonder who is enabling here? Could it be the Qld police, who reduced/ dropped charges to get info, the Qld Reds, who are offering a $ 2 million contract or the fans who see this behaviour as a mistake rather than a problem. Good luck Karmichel. I hope someone in your future has enough guts to stand up to you. You need it and you deserve it.

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  3. Now Gold Coast Sun’s AFL star Karmichael Hunt has informed to the Queensland Police Crime and Corruption Commission on 12 of his footy mates, as all using significant quantities of cocaine at a party in the Gold Coast apartment and spilling over into the Gold Coast -Bearded Dragon Hotel.
    But Karmichael Hunt , while taking his mates down with him, says he can’t recall who went and got the cocaine and how it got there. But Hunt also said he was using cocaine over three days and in the Bearded Dragon hotel toilet, but doesn’t know which of his other footy mates were using cocaine and who wasn’t , as he was drunk and affected by the cocaine…
    The police need to shake the tree of whole lot of the Gold Coast Suns players involved in the cocaine binge and get them to give up their Gold Coast Cocaine dealer. Also the AFL investigations on the Gold Coasts access to cocaine, can’t be trusted to properly investigate their own as a conflict of interest. This is not a isolated case the easy access to cocaine in the seedy night life of the Gold Coast, be it drugs supplied to footballers or the ordinary public out partying and getting shit faced.
    The QCCC – Crime Corruption Commission need to find out who the dealer or dealers are,on the Gold Coast that are suppling all these cashed up well paid AFL footballers or whoever else wants these expensive drugs !… Taking and using expensive drugs like cocaine, is no mistake. Its just that for once on this occasion this young bloke and his mates have or will be caught out. These seedy places like the Queensland Gold Coast are well known for partying hard for days and a good supply of hard or recreational drugs on tap and easy to obtain from the dealers suppling the drugs demand!…
    Drug use, whatever drugs they are on, are ruining this country. The excess violence and anti social behaviour and along with the cost to medical services and hospitals budgets and law and order are a direct result of the greed of the drug pushers or dealers. The health and ambulance resources are being unnecessary wasted on these drug using dickhead losers, instead of being used to fund cancer and funding for medical research and cures. Instead highly qualified doctors and ambos are helping these moron party drug users that run amok on a weekend drug and alcohol binges. I just hope the Queensland Police are able to find and make some good arrests of these Gold Coast dealers suppling footballers and others on the streets and in the hotels and nightclubs!…

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  4. AFL is really into protecting its image from the damage and exposer of recreational drug use in its sport, now with the rising star Gold Coast Suns footy player Harley Bennall has been made public snorting amphetamine – speed through a twenty dollar bank note.
    This is a bit more serious than Essendon’s peptide performance drug use. Andrew Demetriou the former CEO of the AFL, knew when to jump ship and retire from the AFL. Now the new CEO, is in damage control, saying his concerned about the Gold Coast Suns players welfare. Heard that one before with West Coast Eagles star legend wild boy Ben Cousins.
    Yeah there is zero tolerance to illicit drug use in the AFL. One thing is certain there are some Drug Traffickers making a very profitable living from certain party hard AFL players. And these drug dealers are getting away with it ?…

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