How To Blow a Career..
Wallaby and Reds player, KARMICHAEL Hunt is likely to face an independent code of conduct hearing to determine his future in rugby union, despite Monday’s police decision to drop a cocaine charge. He offered a guilty plea to certain lesser charges, including the possession of Ecstasy.
The cocaine possession charge was dropped because of a lack of evidence, but the burden of proof needed for a finding of “bringing rugby into disrepute” is somewhat lower.
The Australian Federal Police allege that cocaine was found on the ground within metres of where Hunt was arrested in a Fortitude Valley car park in Brisbane on December 30. However, they could not conclusively prove that the cocaine had belonged to Hunt, despite video evidence of him throwing something away when the police arrived on the scene.
Rugby Australia’s Integrity Unit is expected to assemble a three-person code of conduct panel to review the Hunt case.
Weighing into the judgement will be the black mark following a guilty plea on four counts of possessing cocaine in 2015 when he has banned for five matches at the Queensland Reds and fined a total of A$32,500.
Hunt signed a new A$1 million-plus contract late last year for 2018-19, but he might just have blown his chances, if you will excuse the pun.
Rugby’s will to persevere with the wayward Hunt might just have been strained to breaking point.
Hunt has been extremely fortunate to avoid another conviction for cocaine possession. His name has been linked to clubs in France and England, but a cocaine conviction would have put paid to any contract offer from that part of the world.