This interesting report in the West Aussie today. Not too good and just another revelation in ongoing reports of damage. And its from inside, the AFL player actually playing the game
A PROMINENT Perth-based AFL footballer has accused some of his teammates of using illegal recreational drugs.
The player, who did not want to be named, said several of Perth's elite AFL players used recreational drugs instead of alcohol so they could party without putting on weight.
He said party drugs, including ecstasy, were easily available through friends of players.
They were particularly popular during the AFL off-season, when players were not drug-tested but when they were concerned about keeping their weight down before pre-season training.
"Rather than get a belly full of beer, players can take an E (ecstasy tablet) and a bottle of water and still go out and have a good time with their friends," he said.
The revelations came after Carlton player Laurence Angwin was sacked and teammate Karl Norman suspended for a week and fined $5000 after they were found guilty of breaching the players' code of conduct.
The pair had turned up at training last Monday under the influence of the drug ecstasy.
West Coast Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said that if the claims were true, it was a cop-out for undisciplined players.
Mr Nisbett said the club did not tolerate any use of recreational drugs and players found using them would face serious repercussions, with each case assessed on its merit.
He said he was not aware of any players in the club using recreational drugs.
AFL players who test positive to recreational drugs at training do not face any action from the AFL tribunal, but performance-enhancing drugs are banned.
However, if a player tests positive to a recreational drug after a match, they will be charged.
Ecstasy stays in the body for between two to five days, depending on the size of the tablet.
Drug tests are conducted at random and are performed by the Australian Sports Drug Agency.
A prominent former Melbourne-based AFL player told The West Australian it was well known in Eastern States football circles that certain players in the Eagles and Dockers used recreational drugs.
"There was always talk and rumour on the grapevine about Eagles and Dockers players using drugs - everyone knew who they were," the player said.
Police, the AFL and the Eagles launched investigations in 2002 into a claim that two players were caught on tape phoning a drug dealer for cocaine. The players involved denied the claims, which were never substantiated. No charges were laid.