Damning West Coast Eagles drugs dossier made public

Damning West Coast Eagles drugs dossier made public
  1. Damning West Coast Eagles drugs dossier made public
    A damning report into the illicit drug problems at the West Coast Eagles a decade ago has been made public nine years after it was prepared…

A damning report into the illicit drug problems at the West Coast Eagles a decade ago has been made public nine years after it was prepared.

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A culture of drug-taking was "well in place" by the end of 2003, the report found. A culture of drug-taking was "well in place" by the end of 2003, the report found. Photo: Getty Images

News Corp on Tuesday published details from the 87-page report by retired Victorian Supreme Court judge William Gillard in 2008, but never released by the AFL.

The news comes a day after former Eagle Ben Cousins again appeared in court.

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The report centres on one of the club's most successful eras - from 2001 to 2007 when the Eagles made two grand finals and won a premiership spearheaded by 2005 Brownlow medallist Cousins.

Cousins, who spent two seasons with Richmond before retiring in 2010, on Monday pleaded guilty to 11 charges including stalking and drug possession.


A culture of drug-taking was "well in place" by the end of 2003, the report found.

It could be traced back to 2000, based on "success, arrogance (and) a belief that what the players did in their own time was their own business" as well as the "rock star status" players such as Cousins enjoyed in Perth.

"Most of the players would have known by 2004 that some of the senior and better players were dabbling in illicit drugs," Gillard found.

"Yet nothing was done. The players concerned were playing good football."

The report even goes back as far as 1998, mentioning three players "observed behaving in a highly stimulated fashion despite not drinking alcohol".

Gillard also wrote of the post-season…

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