Went to a nice little event this past Sunday here in Okinawa at Kadena Marina. The Black Onyx Pacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) in conjunction with The Kandi Girls were running a charity bike and car wash, with proceeds going to a local Okinawan orphanage. It was a very well run event, with food and refreshments for [...]
Wigan Star Tested Positive for Cocaine
We seem to have a drugs theme going on here at the moment. Last Friday it was two English teachers in Okinawa, and I just read on the news that yesterday Wigan and England second-rower, Gareth Hock, has tested positive for cocaine. Is the world going drug mad?!
Hock was tested after the match against Salford on June 5th. A second sample will be tested on June 30th and if confirmed Hock will face a 2-year complete ban from the sport. There have been some rumours circulating around about the Wigan back row forward concerning drugs for some time now, but I don’t think anyone was expecting this to come out. Maybe this was a reason why he wasn7t included in Tony Smith’s special England training party who must be ready to give a sample for a drug test at any time.
If this is all confirmed then I can’t really have any sympathy with the guy, and I am sure the rugby league community will agree with me. In any job you cannot condone taking illegal substances but when you’re a role model (either by choice or not) to lots of kids then these substances are something you want to stay as far away from as possible. From a Wigan point of view it is saddening as he was one of the top performers of a frustratingly inconsistent season, but even more so that he’s let down his teammates, the club and the fans by his actions. Whether or not he will be able to resurrect his rugby league career after this potential 2-year ban (if found guilty) is another matter. Let’s just hope that this is a very isolated incident and that drug-use is not more widespread in our sport.
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