“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
November 24, 2014
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
By Lisa Quartermain
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.’’
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.’’
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.
“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.
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
November 13, 2014
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.
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.
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.”
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)
Highlights: 2006 premiership player, two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up (2005, 2007)