Sport 'He said it wasn’t for him': Footy club that threw Ben Cousins a lifeline after he was released from jail said they let him go because they 'couldn't drag him kicking and screaming'

12:06  10 may  2018
12:06  10 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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- Tom just ( go ) off with it . He says he ’ll bring it back when he (finish). 19 He (work) for Crow Brothers for forty years and never once ( be ) late. And it was wet yesterday and the day before! - Well, it wasn ’ t me. I (not be ) out of the house for a week!

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Ben Cousins and woman posing for a photo: The West Coast Eagles wanted Ben Cousins (pictured with former partner Maylea Tinecheff) to continue on at the club but were unable to convince him to stay© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The West Coast Eagles wanted Ben Cousins (pictured with former partner Maylea Tinecheff) to continue on at the club but were unable to convince him to stay The West Coast Eagles wanted Ben Cousins to continue on at the club but were unable to convince him to stay.

The former premiership winner vanished for a month after walking out on the club which offered him a lifeline when he was released from jail.

Looking dishevelled and sporting a long beard, the troubled 39-year-old was spotted outside his Perth home on Wednesday morning but refused to answer questions.

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( He told me …) 6. Nick said :”I’m going to visit my parents next month”. My father told Ben that he was sure he had seen him there the week before. 15. Betty:”If I knew the answer I would tell you”.

2 He wasn ’ t rich by any means, but he never turned . . . anyone who needed help. 6 When you have thought. . . what I have said , you will understand. 17 He suddenly threw his job and went to Australia.

Ben Cousins holding a football ball: The former premiership winner (pictured in 2006) vanished for a month after walking out on the club which offered him a lifeline when he was released from jail© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The former premiership winner (pictured in 2006) vanished for a month after walking out on the club which offered him a lifeline when he was released from jail

Cousin left the club even though West Coast were hoping he would stay on, SEN Afternoons reported.

'Trevor Nisbett [West Coast CEO] said in an ideal world we would keep Ben here because he was starting to make a bit of a difference and it was good to have him around the football club, Western Australia correspondent Tim Gossage said.

Looking dishevelled and sporting a long beard, the troubled 39-year-old was spotted outside his Perth home on Wednesday morning but refused to answer questions (pictured)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Looking dishevelled and sporting a long beard, the troubled 39-year-old was spotted outside his Perth home on Wednesday morning but refused to answer questions (pictured) 'But he elected that it wasn't for him and it wasn't the role that he wanted and he has moved on.'

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He ( say ) he (come) to London next week and (want) us to meet him for lunch. 12 Jack: And you (come) back to England after that or you ( go ) home? Paul: It (depend) on my father. But if he (agree) to let me go on studying here I’ll certainly come back.

did when he went to see them They gave him one last goodbye They hugged him tight and they squeezed him Then his dad looked over at his mum and said : "You know, this is probably last time we ' re going to see him ."

'As far as the West Coast Eagles were concerned they couldn't drag him kicking and screaming there for any longer.'


Gossage said Cousins was a welcome presence at the club during his three months there, and said no one had expressed concerns for his welfare.

a group of people posing for a photo: Fears are growing for troubled football star Ben Cousins (centre) as it is revealed he hasn't been since for a month© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fears are growing for troubled football star Ben Cousins (centre) as it is revealed he hasn't been since for a month Cousins support role with his former club was a requirement of his parole conditions.

The Prisoners Review Board said Cousins was required to 'immediately engage in employment, training or job seeking and remain engaged for the duration of parole'.

The board said if he lost his job it wouldn't breach his parole conditions, provided he continued to search for alternative employment, Perth Now reported.

a group of people posing for the camera: Cousins (left) was released from prison four months ago and friends are reportedly concerned for the former AFL player's health© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cousins (left) was released from prison four months ago and friends are reportedly concerned for the former AFL player's health

The West Coast Eagles said the club was 'disappointed' to see one of their greats go, confirming Cousins told officials three weeks ago he didn't want the job.

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He said he was sorry, but they were laying of hands. I still hung on4. It seemed to me that everything would be all up with me', if I had to go out of that room without a job. "Somebody throw some water on him ," he said coldly to the seamen.

He was released from prison in January and was ordered to live at his parent's house. Friends are said to be concerned for his health.

Cousins served 10 months of a one-year sentence for stalking his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff, who he shares two young children with.

Since his release, he has been required to perform random urine tests and attend counselling.

a man in a green shirt: The Brownlow Medallist (pictured) reportedly visited the AFL club in Western Australia at the required times between February until early April where he hasn't been seen recently© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Brownlow Medallist (pictured) reportedly visited the AFL club in Western Australia at the required times between February until early April where he hasn't been seen recently

His former teammate Glen Jakovich told News Corp earlier this year that working would be tough for the father-of-two after a stellar AFL career.

'He's never really had a job. I think there was a few little jobs there in the last couple of years but he's struggled to hold them down and that's where the troubles have continued for him in the last three or four years,' Jakovich said.

The 39-year-old was jailed in March 2017, after he flooded his former partner's phone with more than 2,000 texts and calls in over a two-month period.

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He shook his head. "Maybe he 'll even think he 's kicked the habit. Then they 'll let him loose"- he gestured, throwing his cigarette into the gutter. "That's all."

3. What he have meant when he said it ? 4. He hesitated and said , "I go to South America. It wasn ' t Mike." "Oh. Then I not think who it have been ." 11. Mr Fox not come. He sent me to represent him .

Cousins also turned up at Ms Tinecheff's church, home and the school their two children attended.

a group of people standing next to a man: Cousins is pictured in 2007 after he had been dumped by the Eagles for his illicit drug use© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cousins is pictured in 2007 after he had been dumped by the Eagles for his illicit drug use

In November, the former Eagles star tried to contact his former partner 542 times, with 103 of those attempts taking place on the same day.

Mr Nisbett revealed earlier this year he would give back the club's 2006 premiership if it meant Cousins never used drugs.

'I guess if you could roll it all back, give back the premiership and say that all our players were fit and well and healthy and we still have Ben having a normal life, we'd give it back tomorrow,' Nisbett told Channel Nine's The Footy Show.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted West Coast Eagles for further comment regarding Cousins' recent exit from the club.

a group of people standing next to a man: The 39-year-old (pictured) was jailed in March 2017, after he flooded his former partner's phone with more than 2000 texts and calls in January-February© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 39-year-old (pictured) was jailed in March 2017, after he flooded his former partner's phone with more than 2000 texts and calls in January-February

THE RISE AND FALL OF TROUBLED  FORMER FOOTY STAR BEN COUSINS - A TIMELINE

1996: Debuts for the West Coast Eagles, wins Norwich Rising Star award

2005: Wins Brownlow Medal

2006: Wins AFL premiership with West Coast Eagles

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He said that he was in a 10 year on and off relationship with his son mother and they were engaged to be married. He found out that she was cheating. He is taking advantage of you. What a loser. Kick him out of your place in the same way I threw my husband out of MY house.

Why should he have wanted to come here? He was pleased that Kate should have called the child after him . What can have happened to him ? Otherwise he couldn ' t have said it | its that. jlmorrow is your sister's birthday. I think you should (must) give her [present.

Involved in incidents including running from a police breath test station in Perth

In December is arrested for public drunkenness in Melbourne

2007: Receives clubs suspension and goes on bender before attending rehab clinic in the U.S.

Admits drug use problem on television and later returns to play AFL

In October, his mentor Chris Mainwaring dies while Cousins is present

His club sacks him and he receives a 12-month ban from the AFL commission

Picked by Richmond in the final draft

2010: Announces he is retiring from AFL

2011: His partner, Maylea Tinecheff, gives birth to their child, Bobby

2012: Cousins is sent to a mental health unit after suffering drug-induced psychosis

Later charged with possessing methamphetamine

Splits with Ms Tinecheff after she gives birth to their second child, according to reports

2015: Pleads guilty to reckless driving, failing to stop, failing to give a breath sample. Fined $2600 and loses licence

Caught inside an SAS barracks in Swanbourne, Perth

2016: Found behaving bizarrely on a Perth highway and taken to hospital. Arrested for breaching VRO and possessing drugs.

In November fails to appear in court and an arrest warrant is issued.

Hours later he allegedly crashes his car into a truck and is hospitalised under police guard.

Later that week he appears in Armadale Magistrates Court behaving erratically, but was granted bail.

Breached VRO in December, was arrested and appeared in court before spending two nights in jail.

Released on bail but fined $600 for the VRO breach

March 2017: Sentenced to 12 months jail for repeatedly breaching VRO by visiting his children's school and church. He also contacted his ex-partner thousands of times

January 2018: Released from prison after serving 10 months.

He takes up a community support role with the West Coast Eagles - a requirement of his parole conditions

May 2018: Reports emerge Cousins hasn't been seen at the club for a month

The club confirms the 39-year-old told officials in April he no longer wanted the job

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