GO & A
proud of my two boys – they’re great young men, they have a good understanding of things.
GQ: Ben Cousins, the former West Coast Eagles captain, has sadly slipped through some of life’s cracks – he was recently back in the press in relation to whether he should have been offered a contract with Richmond, given his obvious ongoing personal battles with drugs. Did Collingwood also look to recruit Ben at that time? EM:
It’s a really sad story. And yeah, we investigated whether we would recruit Ben and we decided not to – it was as much about asking, ‘Have we got the capacity to help this kid?’ because we’re a football club, we’re not Odyssey House. At his best, he’s a great player – but the other side of it, when we analysed it, we probably weren’t capable of helping Ben, nor would we be able to help the other players on the list as he would take up so much of everyone’s time and space. Look, I congratulated Richmond for [signing] Ben at the time and doing the humanitarian thing, but at the same time, you knew this was a problem that was beyond football.
GQ: What’s the end goal with all that you do – is there one? EM:
I don’t think about it that much – I enjoy the enthusiasm of it all. Ultimately, like everyone, you want to work hard enough to look after your parents, look after your family and the kids and have an eye on the future when no longer required in the workforce... Regardless of your socioeconomic position in life, we all have the same ambition – to fulfil those needs, get a holiday, try and pay the mortgage off and have some fun. n