Cocaine crisis: NRL rocked by new drugs scandal

The National Rugby League has been rocked by a new drugs scandal and cocaine is again at the centre of the trouble.

This time it goes all the way to the top, Cronulla Sharks chairman and former Olympian Damian Keogh has been charged with possession after a bust in a Sydney pub.

The 55-year-old former basketball star had built a successful career as the CEO of Hoyts and the chairman of the Sharks.

“Just dealing with the whole ASADA issue, it's been something that's been a black cloud hanging over the club for a long time,” Keogh told 7 News back in 2014 but now he finds himself at the centre of his own scandal.

The high profile chairman was forced to stand down following the bust. Source: 7 News
The high profile chairman was forced to stand down following the bust. Source: 7 News

Police allege the father of three was found with a bag of cocaine just before eight o'clock on Friday night.

Staff at The Bells Hotel claim they saw Keogh move towards the bathroom when the sniffer dogs appeared but say police followed him in.

Keogh stepped down this morning but he hasn't addressed the allegations publicly.

His family is also keeping quiet.

Police stormed The Bells Hotel on Friday night. Source: 7 News
Police stormed The Bells Hotel on Friday night. Source: 7 News

“He expressed great remorse to me that the let me down personally and that he felt that if these allegations end up being proven to be correct, the impact it could have on the club and the game,” Cronulla Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman told 7 News

Meanwhile just hours after the ANZAC test New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and teammate Kevin Proctor were allegedly caught on camera using drugs outside a Canberra nightclub.

The man accused of supplying the cocaine, Adrian Mark Crowther, faced court this morning as the athletes flew home.

New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and teammate Kevin Proctor were allegedly caught on camera using drugs
New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and teammate Kevin Proctor were allegedly caught on camera using drugs

Rooster player Shaun Kenny-Dowell was also allegedly caught with the same drug on Friday morning inside the Ivy nightclub.

“You take drugs, you take massive risks. You take massive risks with your health but more importantly you take massive risks for your livelihood inside rugby league. We won't stand for it,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg added.

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