The worrisome state of fallen AFL star Ben Cousins has again come under the microscope.
The 41-year old had his first sit down interview in 10 years with Channel Seven which will air on Sunday night, labelled Ben Cousins: Coming Clean.
In a sneak peak of the interview with Seven’s Basil Zempilas, the Brownlow Medallist gave a concerning response to a question regarding his recent drug use, leaving viewers concerned with his current wellbeing.
Zempilas: “We’ve been with you for about five days now filming this documentary, can you tell us categorically Ben, have you used drugs in this time?
Cousins: “Ahh, no. Um … no, but it’s something that, um …”
Zempilas: “But it’s a pretty simple question Ben — have you used drugs, yes or no, in the five days that we’ve been together?”
Cousins: “No, no … well, when you …”
Cousins: “No. But you know I umm … no.”
Zempilas asks a number of hard-hitting questions but also touches on some lighter topics regarding Cousins’ ongoing love for the game and eight-year old son.
“There’s something about a new football,” Cousins said. “The smell, the touch. My shoulders prick up and I get excited. It makes me happy, makes me smile. I love it.”
On his son: “I haven’t pushed (Bobby) into (footy) or whatever, but he’s got a bad case of it at the moment.
“When I got out (of jail) last time I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here was on. My boy he just loves f***ing spiders and lizards and snakes and everything.
“I said to him, ‘Would you like dad to go on that?’ He goes, ‘I’d love you to go on that, dad’.
“But he said, ‘I think you have to do something professional first’. F***ing not far from the truth.”
Seven reporter Peter Ford revealed on Thursday that Cousins was being paid for the interview but in separate portions to his lawyer.
“For those who want to know need to know, there was payment involved, but the payment has gone to Ben’s lawyer and it will be drip fed to him for his living expenses moving forward,” Ford said.
“So the last thing you want to do when you’re dealing with an addict is give them a whole bunch of cash. That is not what is happening.”