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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

'Spida' and ex-coach Thomas get heated over drug use


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St Kilda great Peter “Spida” Everitt has taken aim at his former coach Grant Thomas in a heated radio interview, following revelations made by Thomas regarding the team’s rampant drug use during his tenure at the club.

The ex-St Kilda coach weighed in on ASADA urging the AFL to hand over information on players who fail drug tests in a bid to stamp out organised crime in the sport.

While explaining his position on his podcast with Sam Newman and Mike Fitzpatrick, Thomas revealed that after he was sacked from the club a player told him drug use was “rife” during his time.

He also said the drug problem within the AFL was so worrying that it was highly likely players buying drugs off bikies, were “being held to ransom” for team information.

“I would’ve had a suspicion of one or two, but no more than a week or so after I finish, one of the players, he told me what had actually been going on, which basically devastated me,” Thomas said on Sam, Mike & Thommo.

“He said that it was rife.

“Some of the players that were mentioned could’ve dropped me.”

Everitt hit back at the claims during a live radio interview with Thomas during the Bridge and Spida Breakfast Show on Gold FM.

The former Saints player told Thomas he had never taken illicit substances and never witnessed anyone from the club doing drugs.

“I take offence to something like this and I think the majority of the players do. When you’re saying 50 per cent of the players are on social drugs, do you really believe the information you were given?” Everitt asked.

Thomas replied: “ Yeah, it was probably a bit light on wasn’t it? It was probably more like 80 or 90 per cent.”

Thomas continued to irk Everitt by suggesting the reason why he was so angry about it was because he may have been one of the players accused of taking drugs.

Thomas then attacked Everitt, suggesting the former ruckman was so displeased with the comments because he may have been one of the players accused of using illicit substances.

 “Usually the players who complain are the ones who have actually done it.”

Everitt responded by denying he’d ever taken illicit substances and that he’d never seen anyone of his teammates at the Saints engage in such behaviour.

“Well, I totally disagree with that,” he said.

“I can sit here honestly and say I have never done it. I have never seen a St Kilda player do it. So I disagree.”

St Kilda great Peter “Spida” Everitt has taken aim at his former coach Grant Thomas in a heated radio interview, following revelations made by Thomas regarding the team’s rampant drug use during his tenure at the club.

The ex-St Kilda coach weighed in on ASADA urging the AFL to hand over information on players who fail drug tests in a bid to stamp out organised crime in the sport.

While explaining his position on his podcast with Sam Newman and Mike Fitzpatrick, Thomas revealed that after he was sacked from the club a player told him drug use was “rife” during his time.

He also said the drug problem within the AFL was so worrying that it was highly likely players buying drugs off bikies, were “being held to ransom” for team information.

“I would’ve had a suspicion of one or two, but no more than a week or so after I finish, one of the players, he told me what had actually been going on, which basically devastated me,” Thomas said on Sam, Mike & Thommo.

“He said that it was rife.

“Some of the players that were mentioned could’ve dropped me.”

Everitt hit back at the claims during a live radio interview with Thomas during the Bridge and Spida Breakfast Show on Gold FM.

The former Saints player told Thomas he had never taken illicit substances and never witnessed anyone from the club doing drugs.

“I take offence to something like this and I think the majority of the players do. When you’re saying 50 per cent of the players are on social drugs, do you really believe the information you were given?” Everitt asked.

Thomas replied: “ Yeah, it was probably a bit light on wasn’t it? It was probably more like 80 or 90 per cent.”

Thomas continued to irk Everitt by suggesting the reason why he was so angry about it was because he may have been one of the players accused of taking drugs.

Thomas then attacked Everitt, suggesting the former ruckman was so displeased with the comments because he may have been one of the players accused of using illicit substances.

 “Usually the players who complain are the ones who have actually done it.”

Everitt responded by denying he’d ever taken illicit substances and that he’d never seen anyone of his teammates at the Saints engage in such behaviour.

“Well, I totally disagree with that,” he said.

“I can sit here honestly and say I have never done it. I have never seen a St Kilda player do it. So I disagree.”

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