Ben Cousins Goes Ape (again)

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Former AFL star Ben Cousins has reportedly been hospitalised after police were called to an incident on Perth's Canning Highway.
Seven News Perth reported that the former West Coast and Richmond player, who has a history of drug abuse, was in the middle of Canning Highway in Como directing traffic.

He was eventually chased by police into bush near the Kwinana Freeway before being taken by ambulance to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Cousins was reportedly incoherent and a witness told reporters at the scene that he attempted to jump on the back of someone's motorcycle, almost causing the driver to lose control.

"He was really lost, confused, making no sense at all, one witness said. Seven or eight cop cars turned up left, right and centre. They even had the helicopter above us," the witness told Seven News.

Another witness described more bizarre behaviour from Cousins in the lead up to his altercation with Western Australian police.

"He looked like a bit of a mess. His jeans were riding really low and he was running and sweating heaps," the witness told Seven News.

The 2006 West Coast premiership player and 2005 Brownlow Medallist reportedly spent three hours with window washers just off the freeway before he decided to act as a traffic patrolman.

Cousins has a long history of drug and alcohol problems dating back to 2006 when he infamously fled a booze bus, also on the Canning highway, leaving his then girlfriend Samantha Druce in his car to face police.

This latest incident is one in a long line for the former AFL star, who in 2015 was charged with reckless driving and also assessed at a mental health facility in Perth after being caught behind secure fences at Perth's Special Air Service Regiment.
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  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    Drugs, alcohol and probably mental health issues It won't be too much longer before we hear of his tragic passing imo.
  • This is just so incredibly sad.
  • IceTemple said:

    Drugs, alcohol and probably mental health issues It won't be too much longer before we hear of his tragic passing imo.

    I don't think there's much doubt about there being 'issues'.
    On the one hand people make their own beds, but it's sad when they completely lose the plot.
  • pazzapazza Champion
    Got to get him out of Perth permanently.
  • bugman5bugman5 Feel the sarcasm
    benny said:

    This is just so incredibly sad.

    Is it? The guy has had how many chances now? Emotional fatigue kicked in a long time ago.
  • pazza said:

    Got to get him out of Perth permanently.

    Bexit.

    sorry.
  • TrevorBixTrevorBix Author, Journalist, Poet and Wordsmith
    bugman5 said:

    benny said:

    This is just so incredibly sad.

    Is it? The guy has had how many chances now? Emotional fatigue kicked in a long time ago.
    yeah I reckon he likes being an addict and losing control and being in the papers.
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite
    pazza said:

    Got to get him out of Perth permanently.

    won't make any difference Paz, none whatsoever
  • RebootReboot If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
    Poor old Benny is probably farked. Not many make it back from where he is.
  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    To you people over ther B Cousins was a big deal but over here, he was the biggest deal there ever was. Within 10 years he has gone from the undisputed King of WA to freak show. I've never seen a bigger fall from grace. Reboot is right, he'd have squash ball sized holes punched through his brain and won't ever fully recover. The sadness experienced by those around him must be unbearable.
  • Humble MinionHumble Minion Scar tissue that walks like a man
    IceTemple said:

    pazza said:

    Got to get him out of Perth permanently.

    won't make any difference Paz, none whatsoever
    Yup.

    Even if he was in a medical position to help himself, wherever he goes in Aust he'll find someone who really wants to be his best mate and party with the famous guy.

    Send him to Amish country, or Outer Mongolia, or somewhere else where nobody knows who he is and he MIGHT have the tiniest sliver of a chance. but probably not.

  • Westing WuckmanWesting Wuckman Has delusions of belting kants
    Diggers said:

    To you people over ther B Cousins was a big deal but over here, he was the biggest deal there ever was. Within 10 years he has gone from the undisputed King of WA to freak show. I've never seen a bigger fall from grace. Reboot is right, he'd have squash ball sized holes punched through his brain and won't ever fully recover. The sadness experienced by those around him must be unbearable.

    Good timing for his Senate tilt then. We could do a lot worse in politics at the moment.
  • AllblackAllblack Voice of Reason
    Dude would find drugs no matter where he was. Leaving Perth wouldnt help one little bit. Sadly, I think IT is right. Is only a matter of time until he finishes himself off. Just crazy how someone can go from being an absolute hero to nothing more than a cautionary tale.
  • He needs to go live in the bush of Patagonia for a few years, find solitude and peace. The gaping holes in his brain would make it impossible to recover in society.
  • rossonerirossoneri #standbynickyd
    Doesn't he have a child?
  • rossoneri said:

    Doesn't he have a child?

    A couple doesn't he
  • rossonerirossoneri #standbynickyd
    redbull said:

    rossoneri said:

    Doesn't he have a child?

    A couple doesn't he
    Twice as sad.
  • Darth TajDarth Taj I find your lack of fabric disturbing
    edited June 2016
    He's obviously mentally troubled. Surely he can be locked up somewhere.
  • alex.f.94alex.f.94 MODERN STALKING.
    waste of a life
  • chesschess Far too late for frail amends. Now it's come to sweet revenge
    alex.f.94 said:

    waste of a life

    Yes and no.

    Had massive football ability and it's fair to say that he was able to get everything out of himself in a sporting sense. Plenty of similar ability would love to have had the playing career he did. But it's incredibly sad to see what is happening to him now. It's entirely possible that not having the sporting outlet left to focus his energies on is a contributing factor.

    His life isn't over yet, either. I don't respect drug use but do hope he is able to find adequate help and get himself back to some sort of normality.
  • Sameolds2010Sameolds2010 Everything is awesome
    bugman5 said:

    benny said:

    This is just so incredibly sad.

    Is it? The guy has had how many chances now? Emotional fatigue kicked in a long time ago.
    How many chances? He's not a crim. He's sick.
  • Darth TajDarth Taj I find your lack of fabric disturbing
    Nobody would give a crap if his name wasn't Ben Cousins. He's had plenty of chances and plenty of opportunities to turn it around. I know this isn't a popular view, but he needs to be just let go or locked up somewhere as he is out of control(as most people on what he is on are). Time to focus on educating the younger generation and make him an example while using the same time and money to help other people that want to get better unlike him, who is too far gone. And also using the time to find out where he is getting his supply from. Stop the roots, the fruit is too rotten to be salvaged.
  • IceTempleIceTemple Always Elite

    bugman5 said:

    benny said:

    This is just so incredibly sad.

    Is it? The guy has had how many chances now? Emotional fatigue kicked in a long time ago.
    How many chances? He's not a crim. He's sick.
    There is a difference between family/friends and the general public and the care factor.

    General public might be concerned enough to say, "he needs help" but that care factor dives down the longer a person keeps going back to rehab, falling, going to rehab, falling, going to rehab, falling....

    Family/friends will generally keep going forever, although fatigue does set in for some. They will still care but they no longer have enough energy to keep trying to get involved - and that's not harsh on them, when you have been in that situation you understand the energy drain it can be.

    The simple reality is, until Ben himself really wants to change nothing is going to change, and the worse it gets the harder it gets for him to change. Nothing is impossible but it gets harder and harder.

    So thinking that the general public should care more or give him more chances due to him being sick is not really a feasible situation, most don't know Ben other than seeing him as a footballer then a drug addict. They can care a little, some will care more, and most would love to see him get well but the care factor is going to fall away fairly quickly as it is all far removed from their sphere of influence.
  • Sameolds2010Sameolds2010 Everything is awesome
    thats too much ice.
  • BLOODSTAINED DEVILSBLOODSTAINED DEVILS Senior Player / Devils Advocate. - "Only The Truth Will Set Us Truly Free"

    thats too much ice.


    Oh.. dear. .

    *faceslap.gif*
  • Sameolds2010Sameolds2010 Everything is awesome
    The question is was it deliberate.
    And the answer is I'm an idiot.
  • A lot of people will disagree, but i feel bad/sorry for anyone who is addicted to ice or any sort of drug. Almost an impossible addiction to break.

    I hope he gets the help he needs.
  • brem06brem06 Suboptimal
    efc1robbo said:

    A lot of people will disagree, but i feel bad/sorry for anyone who is addicted to ice or any sort of drug. Almost an impossible addiction to break.

    I hope he gets the help he needs.

    Nobody, taking a drug for the first time, has an end goal of becoming an addict.

    But if you choose to go down that road, you alone are responsible for the outcome. Not your job, not your family, not your life situation, not anything else.

    I feel sad for Ben, but I have zero sympathy for him. This situation is his doing.
  • BLOODSTAINED DEVILSBLOODSTAINED DEVILS Senior Player / Devils Advocate. - "Only The Truth Will Set Us Truly Free"
    brem06 said:

    efc1robbo said:

    A lot of people will disagree, but i feel bad/sorry for anyone who is addicted to ice or any sort of drug. Almost an impossible addiction to break.

    I hope he gets the help he needs.

    Nobody, taking a drug for the first time, has an end goal of becoming an addict.

    But if you choose to go down that road, you alone are responsible for the outcome. Not your job, not your family, not your life situation, not anything else.


    I feel sad for Ben, but I have zero sympathy for him. This situation is his doing.


    Hate to say it, but you're completely wrong on this one brem .. at least in the main.

    IME, people get addicted to a drug when the drug is better than real life, or very real psychological scars & pain, is relieved by them, when nothing else will provide it.

    Most who come from a privileged background, lead a life that provides plenty of activity, positivity, joy, & often a virtually guaranteed happy future, & they will try drugs, but turn away from them, because they find they detract from that joy, whereas others have the opposite as their reality, & prefer to escape it, .. to stay numb, and /or oblivious to it.

    And the most addictive drugs like Ice & Heroin, are so addictive, because they achieve that aim better than any other.


    (BTW, I'm not sure on Ben's circumstances, or if he might be an outlier, - eg: from a stable wealthy/middle class background, afforded every opportunity .. which do occur, - but the vast majority are not of that ilk.)
  • ZimmerZimmer Put the pointy pencil in the pepper-po.
    edited June 2016
    brem06 said:

    efc1robbo said:

    A lot of people will disagree, but i feel bad/sorry for anyone who is addicted to ice or any sort of drug. Almost an impossible addiction to break.

    I hope he gets the help he needs.

    Nobody, taking a drug for the first time, has an end goal of becoming an addict.

    But if you choose to go down that road, you alone are responsible for the outcome. Not your job, not your family, not your life situation, not anything else.

    I feel sad for Ben, but I have zero sympathy for him. This situation is his doing.
    Way off. Though I'm happy for you that you find comfort in the idea.

    The problem is that when a person does something great, we tend to celebrate the individual without recognising the greater culture and how it made that success possible; and it's exactly the same when we denigrate someone for opposite extreme. The irony is, there is rarely any consideration of the actual and particular context of the actual individual life and its relationship to the actual culture. That's where the sympathy and possible empathy goes missing. It's just too easy to say - if you can't do this you aren't worth it. If you aren't a rock star, you weren't blessed. If you should have been one, you must have thrown it away: do you think a guy who had the opportunities Ben Cousins had, and the success he had, and the money he had, and the family he has, would reasonably weigh it all up and decide to end up deliriously directing traffic and running away from cops? Anyway, let's lionise dead rockstars and the hard and fast lifestyle they live - but other guys can get fuct and get over themselves.

    (I've probably made my point badly, but there is a lot of hypocrisy involved in these situations.)
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