‘It’s everywhere we look’: Riddell reveals problem gambling torment
Former NRL player Mark Riddell has opened up on the challenges modern-day AFL and NRL players face with problem gambling.
The comments come after the stoush between counsellor Jan Beames and AFL Players’ Association Patrick Dangerfield continues to escalate over a Herald Sun story detailing the issues players are facing.
Riddell told Macquarie Sports Radio it wasn’t a shock, saying a combination of a high salary and more free time meant some players were seeking out other ways to use their extra pay-packet.
“Players go from no money to all of sudden being paid big money,” he said.
“I went through a small (gambling issue) when I started playing in the NRL – I went from getting paid $20,000 or $30,000 to be paid upwards of $200,000 and this was back in the late nineties.
“I quickly went and sought help and quickly go over it, I would go as far to say every playing has gone down the path of (some sort of gambling)
“It’s everywhere we look, we’re a big nation of gamblers and they’d be players out there with big problems.”
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