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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

'What possesses you to get to that point?'


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“What possesses you to get to that point?”

That’s the question Peter FitzSimons would like to ask Greg Inglis after it was revealed the Rabbitohs skipper blew .085 13 hours after having his last drink when he was intercepted by police outside of Lithgow.

It’s a sobering reality – one that resulted in the newly minted Kangaroos’ captain to be stripped of his title and suspended for Australia’s upcoming tests.

But Fitzsimmons believes Inglis should have taken the onus upon himself to renounce his title.

 

“He had to step down,” FitzSimons insisted.

“I surprised at his press conference that he didn’t say ‘I’m out, I’ve stood myself down’.

However, more pressing for the former Wallaby was the reason behind Inglis’ decision to indulge in lengthy drinking considering his well-documented history with mental illness.

“A journalist at the press conference asked the pertinent ‘Greg are you okay?’ because the truth of the matter is, his last drink was 13 hours before,” FitzSimons said.

Inglis' drink-driving charge hours after Captaincy announcement

“So if 13 hours later you’re .085 you’ve got to be up there in the stratosphere of grog in you.

“Greg Inglis was very brave and very forthright about having issues with mental health.

“And so that question has to be asked, ‘What possesses you to get to that point?’

“He’s had a big fall from being the Australian captain to being suspended for drink driving.

Inglis opens up on mental health battle

 Earlier this year Inglis bravely revealed he had been seeing a psychologist for dealing with mental health issues that had niggled him throughout his career.

“There were days there where I just didn’t want to be here,” Inglis told 9NEWS.

“It’s no secret that I went through mental illness last year, you never going to escape it, you’ve just got to continue the treatment.

“But there were days there when I thought ‘what am I doing here?’”

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga hasn’t ruled out returning Greg Inglis to the Kangaroos captaincy in the future but says the South Sydney star is no certainty to fill a leadership role in the team again.

“What possesses you to get to that point?”

That’s the question Peter FitzSimons would like to ask Greg Inglis after it was revealed the Rabbitohs skipper blew .085 13 hours after having his last drink when he was intercepted by police outside of Lithgow.

It’s a sobering reality – one that resulted in the newly minted Kangaroos’ captain to be stripped of his title and suspended for Australia’s upcoming tests.

But Fitzsimmons believes Inglis should have taken the onus upon himself to renounce his title.

 

“He had to step down,” FitzSimons insisted.

“I surprised at his press conference that he didn’t say ‘I’m out, I’ve stood myself down’.

However, more pressing for the former Wallaby was the reason behind Inglis’ decision to indulge in lengthy drinking considering his well-documented history with mental illness.

“A journalist at the press conference asked the pertinent ‘Greg are you okay?’ because the truth of the matter is, his last drink was 13 hours before,” FitzSimons said.

Inglis' drink-driving charge hours after Captaincy announcement

“So if 13 hours later you’re .085 you’ve got to be up there in the stratosphere of grog in you.

“Greg Inglis was very brave and very forthright about having issues with mental health.

“And so that question has to be asked, ‘What possesses you to get to that point?’

“He’s had a big fall from being the Australian captain to being suspended for drink driving.

Inglis opens up on mental health battle

 Earlier this year Inglis bravely revealed he had been seeing a psychologist for dealing with mental health issues that had niggled him throughout his career.

“There were days there where I just didn’t want to be here,” Inglis told 9NEWS.

“It’s no secret that I went through mental illness last year, you never going to escape it, you’ve just got to continue the treatment.

“But there were days there when I thought ‘what am I doing here?’”

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga hasn’t ruled out returning Greg Inglis to the Kangaroos captaincy in the future but says the South Sydney star is no certainty to fill a leadership role in the team again.

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