Drug claims in­ves­ti­ga­tion


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Gold Coast Suns will launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into il­licit drug use at the club af­ter ex­plo­sive claims made by for­mer player Karmichael Hunt.

Hunt, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of co­caine pos­ses­sion in March af­ter do­ing a deal with pros­e­cu­tors that saw the orig­i­nal, more se­ri­ous, charges of sup­ply down­graded.

Ex­cerpts of Hunt’s writ­ten tes­ti­mony pro­vided to Queens­land law en­force­ment as part of the deal were pub­lished by New- scorp Aus­tralia and im­pli­cate sev­eral un­named Suns play­ers in join­ing Hunt in us­ing co­caine on an end-of-sea­son trip.

Just hours be­fore Gold Coast were due to play their 100th AFL match against Carl­ton in Mel­bourne, the club re­leased a state­ment an­nounc­ing the in­ter­nal probe.

As part of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the club will write to Hunt’s lawyers in a bid to ob­tain the state­ments pro­vided to the Queens­land Crime Com­mis­sion that were made public in news­pa­pers.

“(Our) 100th game is a time to celebrate, but also time to take stock of where we are as a club,” Suns chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Travis said in a state­ment.

“We do have a lot to be proud of — a great sta­dium, a strong re­la­tion­ship with the Gold Coast com­mu­nity, com­mit­ted spon­sors and pas­sion­ate mem­bers who care about our club.

“We also clearly have is­sues we need to deal with. The club has a new CEO and a new coach this year.

“As new CEO, I am de­mand­ing higher stan­dards and mak­ing sure we hold our­selves to ac­count when we do not de­liver on those stan­dards.

“I will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing these al­le­ga­tions, and will pro­vide fur­ther ad­vice to our sup­port­ers and mem­bers as ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Hunt made head­lines in 2009 when he an­nounced he would switch codes to join Gold Coast.

He went on to play 44 games in four AFL sea­sons be­fore an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment at the end of 2014, with a sub­se­quent move to Rugby Union with the Queens­land Reds. AAP

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