PREMIERSHIP winner Paul Gallen has lashed out at the public’s criticism of his stance on recreational drugs.
Earlier in the week the Sharks skipper called for a zero tolerance stance on recreational drug use in the NRL, a view which prompted many fans and media pundits to label him a hyprocite following his involvement in the Sharks supplement scandal.
“I’m of the opinion that rugby league players or professional athletes shouldn’t be taking cocaine. I don’t know why it’s such a big issue to be honest,” Gallen said on Triple M Dead Set Legends.
“Going through what I’ve been through, I suppose it’s given people a voice to say ‘you’re a hypocrite’.
“You saw Paul Kent [on Fox Sports] say that I have a point but that I shouldn’t be able to speak on it but, there’s a big difference. I pleaded guilty to something that was given to me by my club. I guarantee you one thing, clubs aren’t giving players cocaine.”