Why Wayne Carey could sue Crown Casino after being kicked out for ‘bag of white powder’ – as the footy superstar reveals what he really uses the drugs for
- Former AFL legend Wayne Carey could sue Perth Crown after being sacked
- Carey met with a lawyer Wednesday to discuss Crown’s apology demands
- He reportedly believes the casino was wrong when it assumed he had illegal drugs
- Carey claims the unidentified white powder he was carrying was anti-inflammatory
AFL star Wayne Carey announced he could sue Crown Casino over the “White Powder” saga that has seen him lose his lucrative TV and radio jobs.
The former North Melbourne legend enlisted the services of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ Josh Bornstein on Wednesday to investigate a possible “disability discrimination claim” against the gaming giant after it was booted out of Perth Crown Casino on Thursday.
Players watched as a ziplock bag of unidentified white powder fell from Carey’s bag onto a gaming table.
Staff sounded the alarm and Carey was escorted off the premises by in-house security and banned from all Crown venues for two years.
Mr Bornstein said he was summarily thrown out on the “assuming the bag contained an illegal drug”.
“Mr Carey is being prescribed anti-inflammatory and painkilling medication to help alleviate the significant pain caused by debilitating football injuries – including a shoulder that requires replacement and a neck injury that requires three disc replacements,” the attorney said.
AFL star Wayne Carey announced he could sue Crown Casino over the “White Powder” saga that has seen him lose his lucrative TV and radio jobs
Carey was ejected from the Perth Crown Casino last Thursday after a bag of unidentified white powder fell from his pocket onto a gaming table
“We are investigating whether Crown Casino unlawfully discriminated against Mr Carey by excluding him from its premises due to a pre-existing disability.”
The matter is currently under investigation by West Australian Police.
“It wasn’t an illegal substance, it was offered for security. Security didn’t take it,” Carey told The Age.
“They just said it didn’t look good, I understood that, and we left without incident.”
Carey has resigned from Channel Seven and been “relieved from his on-air duties” at Triple M Footy in the wake of the white powder scandal.
He is expected to address the saga on Thursday while speaking at a men’s mental health event in Wagga Wagga, where his football career began.
Carey (pictured with partner Jessica Paulke) will be speaking about the white powder saga at a men’s mental health event in Wagga Wagga on Thursday
CAREY’S COCAINE RECORDINGS
In his 2009 biography The Truth Hurts, Carey devotes an entire chapter to his drug use and says he first tried cocaine during a trip to the United States in 2002 after an affair with Kelli Stevens, the wife of his teammate Anthony Stevens, left, had fallen out of favor with kangaroos in North Melbourne.
Carey says he did a 14-hour cocaine kicker in Memphis to watch Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis fight.
“It was a purely impulsive decision,” he says in the book. “I guess my self-esteem was devastated. I pretty much didn’t give a shit about what happened to me. I felt so miserable that I thought, ‘Why don’t you try it?’
Western Australia Police Commissioner Col Blanch has criticized Crown for not reporting Carey to the police when he was thrown out of the casino.
‘We’ll make an assessment [the CCTV] But of course we’re behind from the start because we didn’t have the original complaint at the time it arose, which I would have preferred,” he told Perth radio station 6PR.
“I cannot speak directly to the decisions that were made at the time, but if a person had any suspicions that drugs were being possessed or procured or were in the possession of Crown authorities, I would have expected a call to the police, to settle this matter.
“We can still speak to witnesses, we can collect CCTV footage, we may be able to interview Wayne Carey ourselves if the investigation goes that way.
“But again… without the substance itself, it’s going to be very difficult to prove whether it’s an illegal substance or something else.”
Carey was spotted for the first time since his suspension was announced on Wednesday.
The former champion was spotted on St Kilda beach in Melbourne after taking his child to school alongside model partner Jessica Paulke.
WAYNE CAREY’S SCANDALS
1996: Carey was charged with indecent assault after allegedly grabbing a woman’s chest.
2000: Carey testified in court for Jason Moran, a Melbourne organized kingpin. Moran was later shot dead in 2003.
2002: Carey was forced to leave the North Melbourne Kangaroos due to a party affair with his teammate and his best friend’s wife.
2006: Carey announced he was splitting from his pregnant wife to pursue a relationship with model Kate Neilson.
2007: Carey was arrested for “glazing” his new fiancé, Neilson, and assaulting the police.
2008: Police are forced to hold Carey with paprika spray after he assaulted officers in Port Melbourne. Then he leaves Channel Nine and 3AW.
2012: Carey is discovered to have cocaine while entering Barwon Prison in Victoria to talk to inmates.
2017: Carey was rumored to be dating Jessie Murphy, wife of ex-Carlton captain Marc Murphy, which he denies.
2022: Carey is demoted from Friday Night Footy to Saturday Nights by Channel Seven as he faces criticism for continuing to disown Neilson.
2022: Carey got into a fight with Anthony Stevens in a Yarraville pub.
2022: Carey is banned from all Crown venues after being caught with a bag of white powder at the company’s casino in Perth.