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Once upon a time, if you had a big win in sport, you had a few beers to celebrate, or to drown you sorrows.
But as the stakes and earnings have got higher, so has the drug use.
Many applaud rugby league legend Graham Lowe’s outspokenness for not tiptoeing around the latest boys-will-beboys Kiwi sports scandal; not that girls on tour aren’t capable of behaving badly too.
It wasn’t about losing or winning a game. It was about how players conduct themselves when they’re representing their country, especially at an Anzac Test.
And just because they’re not wearing the jersey, it’s not licence to behave badly, even if the Kangaroos thumped them.
They’re in the public eye, even in a disabled toilet cubicle.
Hopefully it’s a lesson for all sports management, from high profile to local teams, to remind players about what’s okay and what’s not on tour and at home.