Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

BEN, Ben, Ben. You can al­most hear Ben Cousins’ name be­ing mur­mured all over Perth, each time his name pops up in the news - be­cause it’s al­most never good, even though we wish it was. We are on first-name terms with the Bicton res­i­dent, who is no longer a young lad with a proud footy ca­reer, but a soul lost to drugs. It’s ev­ery fam­ily’s night­mare. Sadly, it is a daily re­al­ity for Ben’s near­est and dear­est and while we don’t want to feel pity, it’s prefer­able to those who still sneer and joke about his all-too-com­mon plight, even us­ing it as a way to sledge their op­pos­ing home­town footy team. It’s no laugh­ing mat­ter. This is what pain looks like; imag­ine how it feels. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst en­emy.

Michele Nu­gent - Edi­tor

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