Tuesday 17 October 2017

Bulls drugs scandal smacks of hypocrisy

SPORT and drugs should never mix but it's strange how often sport and hypocrisy do. Especially when it comes to drugs.

Springbok and Blue Bulls player Pedrie Wannenburg has admitted that he used cocaine and ecstasy.

A club statement said the matter would be dealt with internally while the SARU said the player needed support, not condemnation.

"Pedrie has taken the first critical step of acknowledging these very serious problems and with the help of the Vodacom Blue Bulls we trust he will overcome them. Rugby and sport has no place for drug users and we condemn the act," said Johan Prinsloo.

So far so Oprah. Yet a tape of the player taking drugs was sent to the club TWO years ago. The Bulls said the player had always tested negative and the matter had been dealt with internally.

Meanwhile, the career of Matt Stevens continues to lie in ruins after his cocaine-sniffing ways were uncovered. His crime? He got caught.

His punishment? A two-year ban. Precisely the amount of time that has elapsed since Wannenburg's drug-taking was known. What a cop-out.

Irish Independent

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