Footy star’s dark days

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

BREN­DAN Fevola lost more than $ 1 mil­lion due to his gam­bling ad­dic­tion and con­sid­ered sui­cide at t he d e p t h o f hi s d e - pres­sion as his AFL ca­reer un­rav­elled.

The sacked AFL star ex­posed the depth of his bat­tles with gam­bling, al­co­hol and de­pres­sion in a dra­matic and paid-for in­ter­view on last night’s AFL Footy Show.

But even be­fore his in­ter­view went to air, his come­back with VFL club Casey Scor­pi­ons was on the brink of fail­ure af­ter the gam­bling ad­dict was asked to leave Crown Casino for play­ing poker.

Fevola was ap­proached by Crown staff shortly a f t e r h e a r r i v e d a t 10.30am. Fevola left the casino with­out in­ci­dent.

Yet to sign a one-year deal with Casey Scor­pi­ons, it is be­lieved the club i s f ar f rom i mpressed with his lat­est de­vi­a­tion from his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plans.

Coach Brad Gotch had been on a Mel­bourne ra­dio show dis­cussing his con­cerns around the same time Fevola went to the casino.

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