Recreational drug use is rife throughout society, including the media industry which exposes such activity
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has spoken about the ‘white substance’ scandal which hit his club just hours before the prestigious Dally M awards.
In an exclusive interview with Sofie Formica on Brisbane’s 4BC radio station, Bellamy revealed the players were “very, very well aware” they were partaking in “illegal” behaviour.
Cameron Munster, Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis were handed hefty punishments by the NRL and the club after video emerged of them partying with a white powder. The incident happened after the Storm’s preliminary finals loss to the Panthers.
The punishments include match suspensions, heavy fines and individual welfare plans, which include Munster heading to rehab.
While not condoning the illegal activity, Bellamy also compared recreational drug use by the stars of today to drinking 6 to 10 schooners after a game in the old days.
“I don’t know whether having a snort of cocaine or a line of cocaine … is worse for your body or worse for you than half a dozen schooners, he said. “But the big difference is having half a dozen schooners isn’t illegal.
“What disappoints me so much is that these guys earn a good living, they’re doing what they love in life and what they did was illegal and they were very, very well aware of that.”
And while cocaine use is illegal it is also something that happens in many professions and is common use in our suburbs.
If you believe any differently you are kidding yourself.
The media industry in particular needs to be very careful on how it reports these matters of indiscretions, especially considering the widespread use of cocaine by celebrities, executives and production staff.
We’ve all heard jokes about cocaine use in the toilets at the Logies – well, it’s true.
The best jokes are based on real events.
But it doesn’t just take place at the Logies.
Cocaine use is a common practice by many, some even on a weekly basis.
There is no doubt sporting players taking a ‘white substance’ makes for a great headline but there’s also no doubt at least some of the people reporting on these matters use the very same ‘white substance’ from time to time.
As a famous person once said: He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.
*You can hear Craig Bellamy talk about the ‘white substance’ scandal at the 5-minute mark