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Hunt drug bust won't be forgotten - Sailor
ESPN Staff
March 6, 2015
The Reds' Karmichael Hunt speaks to the media, Super Rugby, Rugby House, Brisbane, March 6, 2015
The Reds' Karmichael Hunt speaks to the media © Getty Images

Karmichael Hunt will never live down pleading guilty to cocaine possession, says Wendell Sailor, who copped a two-year ban for testing positive to the drug in 2006 when playing rugby union.

Sailor says he still has to deal with the effects of his ban on a regular basis.

"With the ASADA stuff at the start of every year it gets brought up every year, so I still live it," Sailor said on Triple M. "That's my mistake, I've got two kids who play football [and they live with it, too]. And I know Karmichael has got two young kids ... it's tough. But ... if I'm Karmichael I'm happy with that because I'm playing football again in six weeks."

Sailor, a dual international, said Hunt should be thankful he wasn't thrown out of rugby.

The ARU and QRU threw Hunt a lifeline after he had pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing cocaine, and was fined Aus$2500 in in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday. The rugby authorities fined Hunt $30,000 and banned him from playing for six weeks.

"He should be thankful to the lawyer and to the judge but also [to the Australian Rugby Union]," Sailor said. "Up to now Karmichael's record has been pretty clean. Everywhere he has been, whether it is AFL or rugby in France, he has been a really good ambassador."

Sailor, signed with St George Illawarra in the NRL after his ban expired, enjoying two seasons with the joint-venture before retiring.


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