At the peak of his career, Ben Cousins was considered to be one of the greatest players to ever wear the West Coast jersey.
The Brownlow Medal winner, who was also a six-time All Australian, played 238 games for the West Coast Eagles.
But in 2007, the now 41-year-old was axed from the AFL team after he was arrested on drug-related charges.
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Now, in his first interview with the media in 10 years, the retired AFL player has opened up about his fall from grace in Channel Seven’s Ben Cousins: Coming Clean.
In the interview, which has since been described by viewers as “uncomfortable” and “appalling”, Cousins opened up about his drug use, expressing remorse for his role in creating a drug culture within the West Coast Eagles club.
“I am sorry, I am remorseful,” he said.
“And the fallout from that has been pretty significant on the club,” he added.
“So, it has taken a while since that time for the club to find itself back in a position like it is today.”
In a surprising admission, Cousins later added that he counts himself as “one of the luckiest people I know”.
When asked if he “almost has it all,” Cousins responded: “Almost, yeah. Enough to know that a lot of good things have happened to me up until this point in my life”.
“It’s important for me to remember and remind myself of that because I am one of the lucky people,” he added.
Few people in the sporting world have fallen from grace as publicly and spectacularly as Ben Cousins. Ten years after a tell-all documentary, the Brownlow medallist has given another raw interview, opening up about his long battle with drugs. @BasilZempilas #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/LbG4IHNYsB
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) March 29, 2020