Alcohol News Update: Rugby Star suspended for Drinking

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A reminder of what happens when athletes become victim to the woes of alcohol, the name on everyone’s lips at the moment seems to be Kurtley Beale. Apparently the Wallabies and Melbourne rebels star has copped a new alcohol-related suspension, which will see him most likely missing Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Blues.

The player broke a condition of his return from suspension by drinking alcohol.

Three weeks prior Brisbane police dropped a charge of assault against the player when he came to an agreement with a hotel bouncer who was accusing him over an incident that took place last year.

In addition to that assault charge the player was also suspended for an alcohol fuelled incident which took place in South Africa during which Beale struck 2 of his team members.

The suspension ended only last Friday night after a month off the team.

It seems the rugby star’s talent is being overshadowed by a number of alcohol related mishaps, this post on explains:

Beale reinforced his immense value to the Rebels and Wallabies with a dynamite showing off the bench, scoring a try as his side almost upset the defending champion Chiefs.But he is understood to have gone to a Melbourne Storm NRL game last Saturday afternoon and on to a bar, drinking alcohol.

He also missed a mid-week appointment with a psychologist which was part of his treatment program.Rebels interim chief executive Rob Clarke was adamant on Thursday that Beale’s on-going treatment program was working and was supportive of him continuing at the Super Rugby franchise.

“I think it’s been a pretty comprehensive program and Kurtley acknowledges that he’s seeing benefits,” said Clarke.”The key thing is that he honours the details of that program and sticks to it because it’s in everybody’s interest to get him in a better place.”Unfortunately there’s been a small hiccup on that process and that’s why we’ve taken the action we have.”

The Rebels made clear that Beale hadn’t been involved in any public incident but had breached the behavioural guidelines he signed to return to play.

Before that he appeared to have won back Deans’ trust.Deans even helped Beale maintain his fitness, personally training with him in Sydney during his lengthy ban.

“The light’s gone on so to speak for him,” Deans told AAP last week.”He’s much better for the processes he’s gone through and continues to go through.”


Damien Hill, Rebels coach expressed his disappointment at the latest indiscretion. Despite being one of the best footballers in the country, his behaviour is getting in the way of his career at the moment, a situation Hill described as “unfortunate” and “disappointing”. Hill said Beale was very remorseful and felt he’d let his teammates and himself down again.

It seems as if this is the last straw for the 24 year old player, who has realised the error of his ways and has expressed remorse over the situation.



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