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Ben Cousins This Is Your Life … So Far!
30 June 1978 30 June 1978 Benjamin Luke Cousins is born in Geelong, Victoria. 1994 Schoolboy, Ben Cousins has a training run with Geelong. Geelong wanted him under the father son rule. But when the time came, the WCE made him a better offer. July 1995 West Coast edges out Geelong and Fremantle to sign Cousins under the father-son rule
1996 1996 In his first season with West Coast, he wins the Rising Star Award 1998 Named All Australian; runner-up in West Coast best and fairest 1999 Plays his first final; named All Australian; selected to play for Australia in the international rules series. 2000 Signs a new three-year contract worth an estimated $1mil over three years.
2001 Named co-captain with Dean Kemp. Wins West Coast best and fairest 2001 Eagles coach Ken Judge was warned by Liam Fitzpatrick, a Perth detective, that Cousins was using illegal drugs. WCE administration took no action. 2001 Cousins and Michael Gardiner photographed entering Crown Casino with John Kizon, alleged hit man. 2002 Named sole West Coast captain; wins West Coast best and fairest March 2002 Cousins was spotted socialising with organised crime figures in Melbourne.
September 2002 September 2002 Cousins suffers a broken arm after altercations at a Perth nightclub with teammate Daniel Kerr. Kerr punched Cousins and pushed him down a flight of stairs. The altercation was over Kerr’s relationship with Cousin’s sister, Melanie.
2003 2003 Wins West Coast best and fairest April 2005 Cousins questioned by police over a nightclub brawl involving John Kizon, an associate of slain standover man Alphonse Gangitano.
12 February 2006 12 February 2006 Cousins runs from his Mercedes four-wheel-drive and his girlfriend (and crosses a river) to avoid a booze bus, and following police. Cousins pleads guilty and is fined $900.
2006 2006 Premiership winner with West Coast
2 March 2007 2 March 2007 Cousins goes on 3 week drug-fuelled bender after his split from long time girlfriend Sam Druce.
19 March 2007 19 March 2007 Cousins has AFL drug test. 20 March 2007 Cousins is suspended indefinitely by the West Coast Eagles for being absent from training sessions. 20 March 2007 Cousins father takes him into Perth Rehab for the day. 21 March 2007 Cousins father takes him into Perth Rehab again for the day. 22 March 2007 Bryan Cousins states that his son Ben has a substance abuse problem. April/May 2007 Cousins undergoes rehabilitation in Malibu, California and Perth. 21 July, 2007 Cousins plays again. Has 38 disposals, wins man of the match and a $5000 plasma TV.
July 2007 July 2007 Cousins lifts his shirt to display his tattoo proclaiming “Such Is Life”. His tattooist is known as Mr E.
September 2007 September 2007 Chris Mainwaring dies. Cousins was one of the last to see Mainwaring alive. Mainwaring died after taking cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis, anti-depressants, Roaccutane and alcohol.
16 October 2007 16 October 2007 Cousins and team mate Daniel Chick are charged with possession of a prohibited drug, and refusing a police ordered drug assessment.
27 October 2007 27 October 2007 Cousins in Los Angeles to attend rehab at the Summit Center clinic. He failed to arrive at the rehab facility. Cousins is involved in a cocaine binge and is admitted to hospital. 19 November 2007 The AFL commission bans Cousins from playing for 12 months, stating that he was found guilty of conduct unbecoming and likely to prejudice the interest of the AFL and of bringing the game into disrepute.
August 2008 Collingwood send a private investigator to Perth to follow Cousins for several days. The investigator surveyed his behavior and social circle.
November 2008 November 2008 Cousins would not be drafted by Collingwood following meetings with Victorian chief commissioner of police Christine Nixon. November 2008 Cousins avoided a hair drug test by attending the test with no body hair long enough to take a sample. 18 November 2008 Cousins was given approval to continue his football career by the AFL, possibly with St Kilda or Brisbane. 21 November 2008 Cousins in Melbourne and thought to be talking to St Kilda. He was in Melbourne to attend the funeral of convicted drug trafficker John Anthony Giannarelli. 22 November 2008 St Kilda decided not to draft Cousins. 29 November 2008 Brisbane decided not to draft Cousins. 29 November 2008 All clubs ignore Cousins in draft.
16 December 2008 16 December 2008 Cousins signed to Tigers on basic wage and match payments.
18 December 2008 18 December 2008 More than 2000 new Tigers members within 24 hours of Cousins joining.
26 March 2009 (about 10.00PM) 26 March 2009 (about 10.00PM) Tigers thrash the Blues in the opening game. Cousins gets 39 possessions, kicks 8 goals and is given man of the match. April-May-June 2009 Tigers lose 3 in a row. Wallace is sacked. Sheeds takes over. Tigers make finals.
2010 2010 At age 32, Cousins becomes Tigers captain.
Headlines you may have missed Headlines you may have missed Draft pick 70 is usually not news worthy. Make a Perth Underbelly series and Ben can play himself Tigers went for a quick fix Tigers now have Brownlow medalist. Hungry Jacks is doing a Ben Cousins meal deal...no burger, no fries, just heaps of ice and coke Tigers will be playing with 21 if Cousins can’t step over the white line.