Gold Coast Titans’ Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Kalifa Faifai Loa stood down, facing court over allegedly arranging to supply cocaine


I’m sick to death of sport and drugs. How greedy are the players (all 3 codes will be caught up in this for sure) Patting young starry eyes kids on the head, signing autographs whilst on their mobiles trying to score coke and it seems whilst they have cocaine habits.

It is disgusting and ruining sports, who can our kids look up to these days. they are falling like ten pins for gross acts, greedy acts, illegal acts the list goes on. treating women like shit, taking drugs, gambling, getting so drunk they perform all kinds of things…God help sport in Oz.

23/02/15

Representative stars Greg Bird and Dave Taylor are among five Gold Coast Titans players to have been stood down after being implicated in the drugs scandal currently engulfing the club.

Bird, Taylor and winger Kalifa Faifai Loa were stood down on Sunday after they and former Titan Joe Vickery were issued with notices to appear in court for allegedly arranging the supply of cocaine.

It comes two days after it was revealed on Friday that hooker Beau Falloon, Jamie Dowling and the Queensland Reds’ Karmichael Hunt would also face court as part of the same Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into drug trafficking.

The CCC released a statement confirming four men had been served with notices to appear in court on counts of supplying drugs, one of whom faces seven counts.

Titans chief executive Graham Annesley told reporters on Sunday the players would be forced to front the board and “explain why action should not be taken against them for reputational damage the club has incurred”.

“We expect that that will take a little bit of time because at the moment we have very little information to make that assessment,” Annesley said.

I apologise to everyone associated with the game [and] everyone that’s trying to take this game forward for these setbacks that are holding the game back.

Graham Annesley

“But over the coming days we hope we will have more information and the players will be able to appear before the board.”

Taylor, Bird and Faifai Loa will face court on March 9.

“I’ve run out of words to explain it,” Annesley said.

“Let’s not forget these players haven’t been found guilty of anything … [but] to be constantly dragged through these types of scandals is incredibly damaging to the club.”

The scandal comes two months after Bird was removed as co-captain after a public urination incident in Byron Bay.

Despite a number of controversies hitting the cash-strapped club in recent times, Annesley stressed he would not be abandoning the team.

“This is another bad day for the club, and it’s a bad day for the game,” he added.

“I apologise to everyone associated with the game [and] everyone that’s trying to take this game forward for these setbacks that are holding the game back.”

A CCC statement on Friday said Hunt, Falloon and Dowling, as well as an unidentified 22-year-old woman, would appear in Southport Magistrates Court on March 5.

The NRL’s Integrity Unit will help the Titans decide the fate of any players found guilty.

Titans coach, Neil Henry, says Falloon and Dowling will face further sanctions if they are found guilty in court.

“The Integrity Unit are across this as well. They have a big say in what happens in these situations and that’s fine,” Henry said after the Titans lost a trial game against the Cowboys in Cairns on Saturday night.

“We’ll have to be guided by what they recommend as well and that’s how it has been for every team.”

Still without a major sponsor for the 2015 season, the Titans no longer have a training base after leaving The Southport School as a result of the allegations against Falloon and Dowling.


Gold Coast Titans crisis: Five burning questions surrounding the club as the drug saga unfolds

NRL boss Dave Smith disappointed for the fans

NRL boss Dave Smith disappointed for the fans

CAN the Titans survive the cocaine crisis? Will the five players charged ever play again?

There are a series of key issues Graham Annesley will have to tackle as the drug saga involving five of the Gold Coast’s current players unfolds.

We look at five burning questions hovering over the Titans.

1. What are the futures for the five Titans players charged?

Even with the presumption of innocence in the courts, Titans CEO Graham Annesley has made it clear the five current players facing drug charges are in line for the sack.

Addressing the media on Sunday, Annesley said the club would be conducting “a separate contractual process” and would ask Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Beau Falloon, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Jamie Dowling to meet with the board and “explain why action should not be taken against them for the reputational damage the club has incurred as a result of the players putting themselves in a position where they have been charged.”

Is Dave Taylor’s NRL career over?

Is Dave Taylor’s NRL career over? Source: News Corp Australia

Annesley made it clear that the Titans are still largely in the dark when it comes to the details of the investigation and how the five players charged fit within it, and as those details become clearer the club’s decision will become easier.

But if the players are indefinitely stood down or sacked they’ll have to rely on an acquittal in court to ever play in the NRL again.

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2. Do the Titans have a future?

Unequivocally, yes. If the NRL ever had an excuse to drop the Titans like a hot pie, this is it.

Commercially, the club’s never been a bigger basket case. Sponsors are thin on the ground, and in Bird one of the faces of the Titans has been caught up in an alleged cocaine ring.

Roll that in with below par on-field results and declining crowds over the past three seasons and you’ve got all the hallmarks of a club sliding into oblivion.

The good thing for the fans is the NRL is having none of it.

Dave Smith has used the opportunity over the past few days to give the NRL’s full backing to the Titans and ruled out relocation.

Dave Smith has been resolute in his support for the Titans.

Dave Smith has been resolute in his support for the Titans. Source: News Corp Australia

“The fans deserve a team on the Gold Coast and they will have a team on the Gold Coast,” Smith told Fox Sports News on Monday.

Titans co-owner Darryl Kelly has also reaffirmed his commitment to the club and while his millions are invested, he’s not going to allow the club to fall over.

3. Does the NRL have a drug problem?

Gary Belcher on Gold Coast Titans scandal

Yes and no. The Courier-Mail’s chief sports writer Robert Craddock used the drug charges levelled at the five Titans players to launch into a fascinating opinion piece on why NRL players and other elite sportspeople choose party drugs over booze.

CRADDOCK: WHY PLAYERS CHOOSE DRUGS OVER BOOZE

In it, he quoted a senior Brisbane football coach who Craddock had spoken to years before: “If you were a player why wouldn’t you take them? Unlike beer, you don’t put on weight and fail a pinch test. They are not that expensive.

“They get out of your system quickly. You don’t get a hangover. You don’t get photographed at a venue with a beer in your hand.

“You don’t get drug-tested very often and when you do you get three strikes before you are in big trouble. Whoever gets three strikes?’’

Five current Gold Coast Titans charged

Five current Gold Coast Titans charged

The three strikes policy the unnamed coach was referring to is only applied in the AFL, but as Craddock also points out, NRL Immortal Andrew Johns has admitted to being a serial ecstasy user for 12 years yet he never failed any of his 17 NRL drug tests.

So, in short, yes, the NRL and other codes in Australia most likely do have a drug problem but as NRL boss Dave Smith has pointed out, it’s also a societal problem.

“I don’t think this is specifically to do with sport, I don’t think this is specifically to do with rugby league, I think it’s a cultural, society-wide thing and frankly it turns my stomach.”

 

4. Is the DCE deal dead in the water?

Daly Cherry-Evans seems less likely to go to the Titans after recent events.

Daly Cherry-Evans seems less likely to go to the Titans after recent events. Source: News Corp Australia

It’s probably too early to call it dead but at best this deal is on life support.

One of the strongest components of the Titans’ pitch to Daly Cherry-Evans was the club’s culture and how the star halfback could contribute to it as a leader.

While the Titans have had a good track record for dealing with players who had lost their way in life or been sacked by other clubs, this scandal clearly erodes a lot if not all of that good work.

Cherry-Evans will now be looking at the Titans as a club with a battered reputation and with some massive question marks over the playing roster, with two of their top five players unlikely to play again, at least in the foreseeable future.

A premiership tilt frankly looks five years away, if you want to be a giddy optimist.

On the flip side, Annesley has an opportunity to convince DCE of the benefits of a wide-scale clean-out and the potential to build a team around the star halfback.

But to get the in-demand playmaker over the line, Annesley is now in a position where he will likely have to add some numbers to an already massive deal.

5. Has anyone enhanced their reputation?

It’s been a trying few days for Graham Annesley but he’s conducted himself with distincti

It’s been a trying few days for Graham Annesley but he’s conducted himself with distinction. Source: CourierMail

It’s pretty easy to point out whose reputation has been battered by this whole messy saga, but it also needs to be pointed out that at least two people who have had theirs enhanced.

The first is Annesley. Already a highly rated administrator, Annesley’s honest, forthright and sometimes emotional approach to this situation must be commended.

While many others would be ducking the media, he’s been at the coalface taking the heat and providing everyone with the proper assurances that the fans and the club would come first and the issues that needed to be dealt with would be done so in a professional manner.

Neil Henry, while not quite as visible, has been a tower of strength for his staff and his players and has enhanced his reputation as a leader of men who is prepared to do whatever it takes to get the best out of a bad situation.

Graham Annesley: Hard for the Titans to recover

Graham Annesley: Hard for the Titans to recover

Karmichael Hunt stood down for Queensland Reds’s next game over allegedly arranging supply of cocaine

Updated Fri at 6:48pm

Karmichael Hunt arrives at his home yesterday after the cocaine claims exploded.

Karmichael Hunt arrives at his home yesterday after the cocaine claims exploded.

Queensland Reds star recruit Karmichael Hunt has been stood down after being identified allegedly arranging the supply of cocaine.

The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) released a statement on Friday morning saying on Thursday a 28-year-old man from Hendra was served with a Notice to Appear in Court to face four counts of supplying a dangerous drug.

Hunt made his Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies in Canberra last Friday and was named to start at full-back for the Reds against the Western Force at Lang Park on Saturday evening.

But according to a Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) statement: “It has been determined by the QRU, ARU (Australian Rugby Union) and the Rugby Union Players’ Association and after discussion with Karmichael that it would be best for his welfare that he is not available for selection this weekend.”

The statement also said the period in question was between September 1 and October 3 last year and that Hunt had not been arrested or charged.

The CCC will allege Hunt is among three men and one woman who arranged for the supply of cocaine for personal use or to on-supply to friends and colleagues.

A 24-year-old man from Burleigh Waters, a 27-year-old man from Mermaid Waters and a 22-year-old woman from Mermaid Waters were identified along with Hunt contacting the syndicate and allegedly arranging for the supply of cocaine.

NRL club the Gold Coast Titans later on Friday stood down Beau Falloon, 27, and Jamie Dowling, 24, pending court appearances for drug offences, set for the Southport Magistrates Court on March 5.

The CCC said it was unable to comment further due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

The CCC’s investigation focused on a cocaine trafficking syndicate operating in south-east Queensland, which resulted in charges being laid against former Queensland rugby league player Jason Smith.

Smith and Toowoomba restaurateur Jason Wood have been accused of trafficking 280 grams of cocaine, also between June and December last year.

Another former NRL player, Matt Seers, also faces 15 counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one count of trafficking a dangerous drug after being arrested in January as part of a joint investigation between Queensland police, New South Wales police and the CCC.

The Reds cancelled a scheduled media conference involving captain James Slipper this morning but released a joint statement with the ARU outlining they are both making inquiries into the reports about Hunt.

Hunt part of Reds’ leadership group

Hunt was named among the Reds leadership group in January, having been appointed vice-captain only months after joining the squad.

“I’ve considered myself a leader from a young age,” Hunt said last month.

“I have been around great leaders since I was a 17-year-old at the Broncos with (Shane) Webcke, (Gorden) Tallis, (Darren) Lockyer.

“I’ve been a part of the Origin and Test sides, I’ve played alongside some great leaders and obviously my own leadership skills have developed over the years.

“So there’s plenty of experiences I’ve been through and I’ve seen that can help the group and help the younger brigade coming through.”

Hunt made his debut in the NRL with the Brisbane Broncos as a 17-year-old in 2004 and represented Queensland at State of Origin level on 10 occasions before announcing a shock switch to the AFL and the Gold Coast Suns in 2009.

With the Suns entering the national competition in 2011, Hunt played a short stint with French Top 14 rugby union club Biarritz, for whom he appeared in the 2009/10 Heineken Cup Final.

The Suns released a statement on Friday morning.

“The Gold Coast Suns have been made aware of charges laid against Karmichael Hunt through the media reports this morning,” the AFL club said.

“As this matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to make any comment.”

After three years in the AFL, Hunt returned to rugby union for what was supposed to be a more long-term commitment prior to the 2015 season.

Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill and wife Sara charged over party drugs at Randwick races


A shame the cops didn’t go to the Logies and catch dozens of druggies masquerading as celebrities and B grade actors.
  • Former butterfly world record holder and Olympic medallist
  • Married for three years, had a second child in January
  • Police say the pair had a white powder, believed to be cocaine
  • Officers were alerted by Turf Club officials
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Geoff Huegill and his wife Sara Hills at Randwick races on Saturday. They have been charged over party drugs in their possession on this day. 

Former Australian swimming star Geoff Huegill and his wife, Sara Hills, locked themselves in a disabled toilet in the corporate area of Randwick Racecourse prior to being charged with drug possession on Saturday.

The couple will appear in court next month after police discovered them with a substance alleged to be cocaine.

Huegill with his wife Sara and Daughter Mila.

Huegill with his wife Sara and daughter Mila. 

It has since been discovered that police attended level four of the grandstand after viewing CCTV footage of Huegill and Hills venturing into a disabled toilet in the vicinity of the Moet Lounge, where they watched the final program of this year’s Autumn Carnival.

The Australian Turf Club’s private security first alerted officers after witnessing their behaviour at the race track.

Police allegedly found the door locked, with Huegill and Hills inside, prior to gaining entry.

NSW Police have confirmed the pair were taken into custody around 5:45pm.

A police spokesman said officers found Huegill and Hill in possession of a “small quantity of white powder, which is believed to cocaine”.

Geoff Huegill in winning form at the Olympic pool in Homebush, Sydney. ‘Skippy’ won silve

Geoff Huegill in winning form at the Olympic pool in Homebush, Sydney. ‘Skippy’ won silver in the 4x100m medley relay and bronze in the 100m butterfly at the Sydney Olympics. 

“Police were patrolling Randwick racecourse as part of their general duties when they were directed to a suite in the grandstand by security personnel,” a police spokesman said.

“Police spoke to a 35-year-old old man and his 30-year-old wife, who were alleged to be in possession of a small quantity of white powder, believed to be cocaine.”

The couple have been charged with one count of Possess Prohibited Drug and are scheduled to appear in Waverley Local Court on 14 May.

Witnesses claimed Huegill and Hill were escorted from the Moet & Chandon lounge by police. A spokesman for Australian Turf Club, which operates Randwick Racecourse, declined to comment. “As this is a police matter,we have no comment,” he said.

Comeback king: Huegill wins the 50m butterfly final during the 2010 Australian championsh

Comeback king: Huegill wins the 50m butterfly final during the 2010 Australian championships in Sydney.

“The ATC has a zero tolerance policy on illicit drugs.”

After winning silver and bronze medals in the pool at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Huegill endured a much publicised weight battle that saw him reach 138kg.

He blamed a poor lifestyle and excessive partying, before making an inspirational comeback that delivered two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Huegill, 35, and Sara, 30, who wed in a Balinese ceremony in 2011, are the parents of two daughters, aged two and three months.

In 2012, after the birth of his first child Mila, Huegill described how fatherhood had changed him.

“Now that she is here, it makes all the other things you do in your life insignificant.”

Geoff Huegill arrest: A-list high-flyers laid low by the seedy side of Sydney’s party set

  • Police say party drug arrests on the rise
  • ‘Cocaine is dangerous, not glamorous’
  • ‘Promoted by criminals, driven by greed’
  • Huegill appears outside home to apologise
  • ‘Everyone’s doing it,’ says PR exec

THE arrest of Geoff Huegill and his wife Sara on alleged cocaine possession was a shock to the sporting world and the public, but to those accustomed to the famously fast party scene the incident may not come as a huge ­surprise.

NSW Drug Squad boss Superintendent Tony Cook said they were arresting more and more people for cocaine possession. He said the image of cocaine as a glamour drug was a dangerous myth which had to be dispelled.

‘EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS’: HUEGILL SAYS SORRY

WHY ARE SWIMMERS SO VULNERABLE?

 

A ‘deeply apologetic’ Geoff Huegill appears outside his home yesterday to say sorry for t

A ‘deeply apologetic’ Geoff Huegill appears outside his home yesterday to say sorry for the ‘commotion’ caused by the arrest of him and his wife Sara at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday. Picture: Bradley Hunter Source: News Corp Australia

“Over several years NSW Police have seen an increase in the detection of cocaine; this is obviously a concern,’’ he said yesterday.

A “deeply apologetic” Huegill yesterday said he realised his arrest at the Randwick races on Saturday “has caused some commotion’’.

“Some people feel they have been let down and I deeply apologise for that,” he said outside his home.

 

Geoff Huegill makes a statement outside his Darlinghurst home / Picture: Bradley Hunter

Sorry: Huegill. Source: News Corp Australia

Dad of two: Huegill.

Dad of two: Huegill. Source: News Corp Australia

“But I would ask everyone to understand that this matter is before the courts. I won’t be making any more statements until the matter has been resolved.”

Supt Cook said: “What people should remember is that, despite its portrayal as a high-society, glamour drug, cocaine is very dangerous and addictive.

“It is produced and distributed by money-hungry criminals, driven by greed and absolute self-interest.’’

“They will go to every length to ensure a fatter profit margin, cutting their batch with whatever substances they can find in a bid to get a better return on their sale.

“The health and well-being of their customer base is simply not a priority.’’

 

Instagram picture of Geoff Huegill and his wife Sara at the races on Saurday before their

Instagram picture of Geoff Huegill and his wife Sara at the races on Saurday before their arrest. Source: Instagram

Prior to their arrest at a toilet at Royal Randwick, the Huegill’s had been highly visible on the social scene ever since the Olympian made the move from Brisbane to Sydney back in 2008 to make a comeback after a drunken ­incident outside a nightclub in Fortitude Valley in 2007.

Vowing a life change, he moved to Sydney and linked up with sprint coach Grant Stoelwinder to begin his comeback, dropping 50k, writing a book and tapping into a career as a motivat-ional speaker in the process.

Taking up with Hills, a well-known publicist working closely with Sydney’s fashion and celebrity elite, the glamour pair moved into a stunning Surry Hills terrace, started a family and became one of the darlings of the Eastern Suburbs party set. They later moved to Darlinghurst

Not surprisingly, theirs was an orbit that often crossed paths with Sydney’s notoriously heavy party scene, where drugs and ­alcohol are not only often free but plentiful.

“Look, everyone does ­cocaine,” one high-placed public relations executive, who refused to be named, said yesterday.

Geoff Huegill and wife Sara / Picture: Marianna Massey/Getty Images

Glamour couple: Huegill and his wife Sara, who recently had their second child, at a party thrown by Men’s Style in Sydney at The Ivy last September. Picture: Marianna Massey/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

“And maybe it’s that mentality, that it’s so common, is what can lead to some complacency, because it is so commonplace.”

One celebrity manager ­explained the ground rules for drug use in the social set.

“Everyone knows you don’t go into a toilet with more than one person,” he said.

“The other thing you do is flush anything you have down the toilet (if the police knock on the door.”

LOSS OF DISCIPLINE IMPACTS ATHLETES Ben Pike

FORMER Olympian and track legend Raelene Boyle said the lack of discipline and the “rigidness of competition” is one of the problems faced by swimmers once their careers are over.

“They get tied up in this … bullshit I like to call it,” Boyle said.

“They get lost in partying and this so-called celebrity life but they really don’t know how to manage it and it happened to Scott (Miller) and Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe and now Geoff.

“And I honestly believe these guys are decent people but they’re just lost.

“And I think his wife is in the same position now … it’s very sad because they have two beautiful babies.

 

Huegill, pictured winning the Mens 50 Butterfly Final at the 2010 Telstra Australian Swim

Huegill, pictured winning the Mens 50 Butterfly Final at the 2010 Telstra Australian Swimming Championships, retired more than two years ago, but is the latest in a sorry list of former swimmers to find themselves in trouble. Source: News Limited

Swimming Australia did not want to buy into the latest controversy surrounding yet ­another recently retired star of the pool allegedly coming ­unstuck.

“He retired from competitive swimming following the 2012 Australian swimming championships in April, over two years ago,’’ the organisation said.

“As this is a personal matter for Geoff, it would be inappropriate for Swimming Australia to comment any further at this stage.’’

AustSwim CEO Gordon Mallett, who heads the swim safety organisation, has spoken to the Commonwealth Games champion via email and said “everyone has their little demons”.

“He is very upset and ­remorseful,” Mr Mallett said.

“He is very, very sad this has happened and if you knew ­personally … he is a ­decent man.”

“We have suspended him while the process takes place. It’s to allow natural justice to take place.”

 

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Former Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill and wife Sara have been charged with drug possession.

Sydney socialite Lisa Stockbridge jailed for allegedly dealing drugs


Lisa Stockbridge was arrested on December 11.

Lisa Stockbridge was arrested on December 11.

Oh my, poor Sydney socialite Lisa Stockbridge.

I just love a high flying celebrity or socialite getting a slap back down to earth. This story reminds me of the high flying drug dealer that just happened to be a nephew of the high and almighty Ita Buttrose.

What pisses me off though is all those involved in her so called high society bullshit fake life happen to be SO SURPRISED

Half of you idiots are probably packing shit as you very well know you probably purchased some goodies off her. I hope the cops were fully tuned in on each and every one of you.

Dare you order a pizza for the knock at the door that could be the day!

Get Connected, well hopefully to a good lawyer now you have been caught

Get Connected, well hopefully to a good lawyer now you have been caught

Her website suddenly disappeared on the day of her arrest but the following quote, beside a email link called “Get Connected” says a lot as far as I am concerned.

Urban Society is like your well-heeled trendsetting pal,

who always knows where to eat, where to shop, the latest openings and what strings to pull to be first through the door. From pop up shops to parties, urban eateries, or decadent getaways, we’re devoted to hunting down offers on the best events in your city – so you don’t have to.

A POPULAR Sydney socialite allegedly led a double life supplying cocaine and ecstasy to clients in the city’s most ­exclusive suburbs.

When she wasn’t running her popular entertainment website Urban ­Society, police allege Lisa Lisa (Danielle) Stockbridge was dealing drugs – including a commercial quantity of ecstasy – in Sydney’s east.

Stockbridge, a 41-year-old from Kings Cross, had been under police surveillance for at least a month and was arrested at 9.20pm on December 11, court documents said.

A far cry from the glitzy red carpets, hot parties and fine dining she would be used to, the mother of a 20-year-old daughter is now languishing in the maximum security section of Silver-water Jail awaiting her next court date.

Police recovered $33,620 in cash during the arrest which they allege was the proceeds of crime.

On November 14, police allege she supplied cocaine at locations in Rose Bay and Woollahra between 4.40pm and 5pm and later that evening at Double Bay around 7pm.

Stockbridge has also be accused of selling cocaine in Darlinghurst between 7.15pm on November 14 and 7.25pm on December 11.

Court documents show on the same dates, she also supplied cocaine in Sydney and Clovelly.

She also allegedly supplied 270g of ecstasy between December 11 and 12 at Darlinghurst.

On top of the charge of supplying a commercial quantity of drugs, Stockbridge is facing a further seven charges of supplying or knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Urban Society staff members have not yet been formally notified of Stockbridge’s arrest, however they were advised they no longer had jobs just prior to Christmas.

The website’s editor, Camilla Gulli, wrote on Facebook on December 16 to notify her friends via social media that she was “resigning”.

“It is with a heavy heart that I resign as editor of Urban Society, after two-and-a-half long years,” she posted.

“Want to say that I love my team, who are some of the most resilient and talented people I know.

“Goodbye free dinners, I’ll miss you most of all.

“Hit me up for freelance work.” were they getting more than free dinners, or paying for the free dinners in other ways? Time will tell

A Sydney woman who worked as a contractor for Stockbridge and didn’t want to be identified, said she was in “complete shock” by the news.

“I had no idea until now,” she said.

“I honestly can’t believe it and would never in a million years have picked it.”

A media identity who was notified of the incident last week said: “It sounds like a script from a movie – I would never have believed it.”

A Sydney nightclub owner who has worked with Stockbridge in the past said: “Lisa is the last person I would have thought would (allegedly) do something like this.”

Another senior public relations figure said: “I am in complete shock, this is absolutely incredible and something I would never have seen coming – she is a mum for god’s sake.”

Stockbridge’s website was shutdown in December and her personal social media sites, which include Twitter and Instagram, have been inactive since the day she was arrested.

Ricky Nixon-Sex, lies and Video Tape


Ricky Nixon is still living in fantasy land, refusing to be a man and admit his failings, dodging questions, walking away, deflecting blame. Has he forgotten how old he is compared to how old she is. The master negotiator of million dollar contracts, mixing it up in the big tough business work and this teen “Tricked him” into everything did she? Well if that is the case Tricky Dicky Nixon, you are more the fool and she is a genius.

More likely is you were thinking with your dick and have tried ever since to get out of taking any responsibility you loser…

UPDATE 02/05/11

UPDATE 10.40am: DISGRACED AFL player agent Ricky Nixon has inferred he was unwittingly drugged before being filmed in Kim Duthie’s hotel room wearing only his underpants.

In an allegation aired on radio MTR’s Steve Price Breakfast Show, Nixon this morning said he had no idea how he ended up in the teenager’s room near nude.

And the suspended player agent, who declared he would no longer speak about the scandal, confirmed he came close to taking his life while standing on a bridge in London.

Nixon told MTR he didn’t want to spark another police investigation or “witchhunt” but suggested drugs were the reason why he couldn’t explain being in Duthie’s hotel room wearing only underpants. correct, the drugs he snorted

“The answer is still I don’t know,” Nixon told MTR.

But what people don’t know is I was found a few hours after that outside my office at Etihad Stadium some three kilometres from the hotel room in not a great way. drugs do catch up with you “Tricky”

“Let’s just say that there is a good reason why I don’t know what happened.”

He has denied having sex with or taking drugs with the teenager.

Asked by Price whether he thought he unknowingly had a drink spiked or drugs introduced into his system in some other way Nixon said: “All I’ll say is that I’ve always thought you’re a smart bloke, that you’re very good at analysing things and nine times out of 10 you are right in what you say Steve.”

RICKY Nixon has failed to explain why he was in schoolgirl Kim Duthie’s hotel room wearing only a pair of underpants.

The disgraced sports agent instead accused Duthie of “setting him up” and “conning the world” they had sexual relations and that he gave her drugs.

Nixon said Duthie was a member of “Gen-Y who is very tech savvy and who is very good at making up conversations and texts”.

“We are talking about a habitual liar, a habitual liar who strips down to her G-string on Lonsdale street,” he said.

An angry and emotional Nixon struggled to answer many questions put to him tonight by Channel Seven‘s Ross Coulthard. Several times Nixon walked out of the interview or reminded the journalist of legal ramifications.

Asked bluntly of the central allegations, Nixon said – “Let me be very clear, I had no sexual relationship with that girl, I never have at all.”

But Nixon failed to explain why he was in his underpants in a hotel room with Duthie.

“No I can’t (explain it),” he said.

“And no one can provide any evidence to me of sex or drugs. You’ve all been conned.”

Nixon admitted texting Duthie at one stage to tell her he would look at pictures of her in his phone “when I am on top of you” but said the comment was being taken out of context.

He also denied telling her he would share a line of cocaine with her and after one heated exchange with Coulthard said – “I was not using cocaine with this girl.”

Nixon also spoke for the first time about allegations he threatened to kill the girl and her family and of taking his own life while in London because of the pressure.

Denying he threatened to kill Duthie over the allegations and the video footage, Nixon said he told her he may as well driver his car into the Yarra.

Nixon described Duthie as a “habitual liar” when confronted with the claim he had sent Duthie a text saying – “Why did you film? You will have a nice life because it will be a short one. I’m not going to kill you, just your mother, father and little sister. Then you will know what its like to have your life ruined.”

The accusation prompted Nixon to confess you had wanted to kill himself.

“I was in London in total shock in the lowest ebb of my life, wondering what the hell had happened,” he said.

“Have you ever stood on a bridge across the Thames and nearly tried to jump off it? Have you ever done that? Have you ever thought your life was over, Ross?

“Have you ever thought you’re sick and tired of a 17-year-old girl playing with your life, and your family’s life, and your kids life, and your grandmothers life? Would you enjoy that?”

Nixon was banned last month from practising for two months by the AFL Player Association after an investigation he described as “media driven and unlawful.”

“The only person they didn’t speak to was myself,” he said.

“I was under a medical condition in recovery. I wasn’t allowed to speak to the board or given adequate time to do it. It was a witch-hunt, it was media driven and I’m not sure they lawfully had the right to investigate me anyway.”

The fiery television exchange left more questions than answers.

“People forget that the two people standing at the top of the pyramids are her and I. Underneath it are parents, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, clients, business staff they’re all affected by this. They’re all affected by it and they’re very tired of it.”

Nixon going into rehab-Stands down as manager


As I reported here yesterday afternoon, Ricky Nixon has finally admitted to a drug problem and is going into rehab, standing down from all duties whilst an investigation takes place into his actions…

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

DISGRACED AFL player manager Ricky Nixon is taking an indefinite break to deal with a substance abuse problem in a rehabilitation clinic.

Nixon, who is embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal involving a 17-year-old girl, issued a statement tonight saying:

“After 20 years involvement in player management, I am now taking an indefinite break to deal with a number of personal health issues. It is important for both my own health and wellbeing and that of my family to do so immediately.

“I have returned to Australia having spent the last two weeks overseas, where I had the opportunity to seek help for my personal issues. With the understanding and support of family and close friends, I have decided that I will go to a rehabilitation clinic to seek treatment for a substance problem that has impacted on my life and my decision-making, particularly over the last eight weeks.

“Given recent events and with the encouragement of friends, I believe it is the right time for me to seek help, counselling and appropriate treatment.

“While overseas, I have been in contact with the AFLPA and have stated that I will cooperate fully with the investigation currently being undertaken by David Galbally QC. I stand by my original statement in relation to this matter.

“I am so lucky to have the support of my employees and the players that I manage and while I know this time has not been easy for them I think it is important for both staff and players at Flying Start that I immediately relinquish all responsibilities and activities a player manager would normally undertake.

“I have full faith in the staff at Flying Start to operate as usual without my involvement.

“As someone who has been involved in the football industry for more than 30 years I understand the interest in this story but I do ask for the privacy needed to be able to undertake clinical treatment without the intrusion of the media. I also ask that the media leaves my family, friends, staff and players alone. I know these events have caused them enough distress.

“I would like to thank people for the enormous amount of support I have had both here and overseas. This is a significant challenge and one that I am committed to get through and coming out a better person. I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone for the impact caused by these recent events.”

AFL drug cheats


Catch me if you can…

AFL recruit?

My Say

As I live in Victoria and the AFL is a multi billion dollar industry, or so they tell us, this drug thing still has me very sceptical. Firstly a guy on the street does not get the 3 strikes and you’re out excuse any more but the AFL players do, and get to remain totally anonymous to everyone in the organisation except I think their Club Doctor.

Secondly the law of averages tells us that if they are an equal section of the community then the statistics don’t add up when only one player has been busted in all the time this program has been going. The player that got caught with cocaine from Fremantle Football Club, Michael Johnson was busted by the cops on a night out, whilst out with injuries.

SO heaps of players are taking drugs and taking a educated risk. Thirdly how can the league say we want to inspire the kids etc. when players week in week out are getting pain killing jabs to fight through injuries during a game, when they would otherwise be forced off the field?

If that isn’t performance enhancing I don’t know what is, or why they let it happen

(stay tuned, I will revisit this in a year and see how MANY they have caught…A Joke)

Cheers

Robbo

Tanking has a new meaning in the AFL after the league announced plans to store players’ blood and urine samples long term among upgraded measures to deter drug cheats.

Samples will be kept on ice for eight years in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority deep freeze facility, known as The Tank, to allow for repeated testing as technology advances.

AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson said it raised the possibility of individuals being retrospectively stripped of awards, such as the Brownlow Medal, or a team being stripped of a premiership, if it was later found to have used banned substances.

The AFL will also be the first Australian sporting code to blood test its athletes for the performance-enhancing drugs human growth hormone and CERA.

CERA is a new synthetic variant of the endurance-boosting drug EPO.

ASADA acting chief executive Richard Ings said the AFL’s new program, which would cost about $500,000 a year, contained every element his agency wanted and set the example for other Australian sporting bodies.

”ASADA considers the AFL 2010 anti-doping program to be the gold standard of anti-doping programs in Australian sport,” Ings said.

Almost 1000 tests will be conducted this year, including target-testing where warranted.

While the AFL has had only one player test positive to performance-enhancing drugs former Richmond and Footscray ruckman Justin Charles in 20 years of testing, Anderson said they needed to be proactive.

”Performance-enhancing drugs are a massive threat worldwide to different sports and their integrity,” he said.

”We’re determined to stay ahead of the game, that’s why we’re entering into this agreement.