Ben Cousin’s former coach says he feels sorry for the fallen AFL star and is committed to dragging him out of drug addiction.
Cousins is facing a second long-term stint behind bars after police allegedly found him sleeping next to his car at East Victoria Park in Perth with 2.5g of meth.
The 2005 Brownlow medallist faces 13 counts of breaching a violence restraining order against his former girlfriend Maylea Tinecheff and one count of aggravated stalking.
But despite repeated infringements of the law, John Worsfold said Cousins, 41, needs support if he’s ever to overcome his drug issues.
Ben Cousins (left) and John Worsfold (right) are pictured together after winning the AFL Grand Final against the Sydney Swans at the MCG in 2006
Ben Cousins (left) is pictured with his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff (right). Cousins is now facing multiple counts of breaching a restraining order taken out by Ms Tinecheff
‘Ben’s going through something that for those that aren’t going through what Ben is going through, we feel sorry for him and wish he wasn’t going through it,’ he said on ABC Grandstand.
‘Our assumption is that Ben doesn’t want to go through what he is going through and he is not happy with that.’
An emotional Worsfold said he still wants Cousins to end up in a healthy place.
‘There’s not too many people who’ve been through what he’s been through and don’t have multiple relapses,’ he said.
‘For us who would like him to change his lifestyle, that this is a relapse for him and that he doesn’t lose focus on where he wants to get too.
‘He’s got some challenges now to work through again, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have the same vision of getting himself clean and a different type of lifestyle that he’s had over the last decade or so.
‘I will still support him in any way if that’s what he wants to do.’
Cousins’ latest court appearance at Armadale Magistrates Court in Perth on Thursday, his long-time lawyer Michael Tudori told said his client was once again using methamphetamine because that is how he ‘deals with life’s stresses’.
Eagles coach John Worsfold (left) and Captain Ben Cousins (right) look on during a West Coast Eagles training session at Subiaco Oval on May 23, 2005 in Perth
Mr Tudori told the court those charges were different to the ones Cousins previously spent almost one year in jail for, as there were no threats involved.
He said Cousins was spending time with his children under a parenting plan, but less than one month before the alleged offending, she ceased all communication.
Magistrate Brian Mahon denied Cousins bail, saying he was concerned he would reoffended if allowed out of jail.
‘I am saddened that you endure such an issue with methamphetamine,’ he said.
The former West Coast Eagles captain responded with ‘that’s not fair, Your Honour’.
Although the two once shared the game’s biggest triumph together in 2006 when the West Coast Eagles won the Grand Final, Worsfold said the their lives have diverged over the past decade.
‘Ultimately, all I have ever wanted to do is provide support for Ben to try to a place that he wants to get to,’ he said.
‘He is also aware that we have different philosophies on the pathway that he chose to take and that therefore we are certainly misaligned in terms of being able to sit down and talk about what we do to enjoy ourselves and relax away from our professional lives.’
West Coast Captain Ben Cousins (left) with Coach John Worsfold during today’s Grand Final Parade in Melbourne in 2005
THE TROUBLED LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN COUSINS:
1996 – Makes AFL debut with West Coast and is named the league’s Rising Star
2001 – Named club captain of West Coast at age 23
2002 – Breaks his arm falling down a flight of stairs at a nightclub months after punching his teammate Daniel Kerr
2005 – (May) Is quizzed by police about association with underworld identities
– (September) Wins Brownlow medal as the AFL’s best and fairest player
Cousins after the 2006 AFL Grand Final
2006 – (February) Swims across a Perth river to escape a booze bus
– (September) Wins AFL premiership with the Eagles
– (December) Is arrested after passing out in front of Melbourne’s Crown Casino and spends four hours in jail
2007 – (March) Suspended by West Coast after missing training session
– (April) Goes to a drug rehabilitation facility in the US
– (October) Revealed to have visited fellow Eagles legend Chris Mainwaring twice on the night he died of a drug overdose
– (October) Arrested and charged with drug offences that are later dropped
– (November) Eventually sacked by West Coast and banned from the AFL for one year
2008 – AFL re-registers Cousins and he is signed by Richmond
2010 – Retires from the AFL but releases autobiography and documentary
Cousins has been charged with drug possession and refusing a drug test in 2007, but the charges were later dropped
2015 – Arrested three times before leading police on a slow-speed car chase
2016 – (June) Spotted behaving erratically and directing traffic on a highway
– (October) In and out of court over drug offences and breaches a restraining order taken out by his ex-partner
2017 – Jailed for one year for breaching restraining order by calling his ex-lover thousands of times
2018 – (January) Released from jail on parole just 10 months into his sentence
He takes up a community support role with the West Coast Eagles – a requirement of his parole conditions
– (May): Reports emerge he hasn’t been seen at the club for a month
The club confirms the he told officials in April he no longer wanted the job
– (August) Arrested and charged with drug possession and breaching a restraining order
2019 – (February) He was fined $1,750 for possessing meth and hiding it up his anus while in jail
(March) Cousins pleaded not guilty to 14 offences in court, including breaching a family violence restraining order and a count each of aggravated stalking and threatening to injure, endanger or harm
(April) Cousins is arrested in Perth with a Cousins is released from jail on bail after eight months inside.
2020 – (March) Tell-all documentary Coming Clean goes to air – Cousins opens up about his meth addiction and time behind bars.
(April) Cousins is arrested in Perth after allegedly being caught with 2.5grams of methamphetamine while asleep beside his car.