Carlton star Eddie Betts has revealed he made a pact with wife Anna in his mid 20s to avoid late nights with alcohol, crediting the decision with saving his career.
Richmond pair Shai Bolton and Dan Rioli were involved in a nightclub altercation last week that left the former with a broken wrist after Rioli’s girlfriend was subjected to “inappropriate behaviour” by another patron.
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Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 on Tuesday night, Betts and Western Bulldogs midfielder Adam Treloar were asked if they’d ever felt uncomfortable going out given their public profile and intense coverage.
“Yeah, I definitely have,” Treloar admitted.
“In fact I don’t really enjoy going out, whether it’s with mates for a beer or whatever it is after a game, or maybe on a seven-day break because you always feel like there’s eyes on you and people watching what you’re doing.
“I went out for dinner on Friday with my sister in law and she was having a couple of cocktails and I felt just awkward sitting there because I just didn’t want someone looking over me thinking that was me, having a drink two days before game which obviously I wouldn’t do.
“I think that’s the reality — we know that as players and I definitely know that having transitioned from when I was at the Giants to Collingwood where all eyes are on you and now being an established player I kind of know that eyes are always on you when you’re out so you’ve got to pick and choose what you decide to do I guess.”
Eddie Betts in 2009.Source:News Limited
Betts agreed, adding he’d enjoyed late nights out with teammates and friends early in his career, before he reached a turning point after a horror night out.
That night, in December of 2009, Betts was arrested in the early hours of a Sunday morning after he and then-teammate Mitch Robinson landed themselves in trouble after a boozy weekend boat cruise.
Betts, then 23-years-old, was issued with a $10,000 fine by Carlton – the maximum allowed under club rules at the time.
“Me and my wife sat down and we spoke about how we’d minimise putting yourself at risk in those situations,” he said on AFL 360, pointing to that night as the flashpoint.
“We kind of said nothing really good happens after 12 or 1 o’clock – when there’s alcohol involved especially – and you always get into some sort of trouble and that’s just me personally speaking on my behalf.
“I decided to make that choice … It was really, really tough because all the players were still going out enjoying it and going home at 12 to one o’clock, but I reckon it really saved my career to be honest.”
Originally published asPartying pact that ‘saved’ Betts’ career
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