Cousins Failed Drug Test, No Parole Report 'Unsubstantiated'
Former AFL star Ben Cousins has reportedly had his parole delayed because of a failed drug test.
After almost six months in jail for repeatedly breaching a violence restraining order against his ex-partner, the 2005 Brownlow medallist was supposed to be eligible for parole in two weeks' time.
According to 9 News Perth, however, the former Eagle had been ordered to complete extra rehabilitation and wouldn't be eligible for release as expected.
It's now understood that's now not the case.
Cousins' lawyer Michael Tudori confirmed on Thursday night the 39-year-old father-of-two had failed a drug test while on remand but was now drug-free in prison.
"I can confirm that Mr Cousins parole application has been delayed awaiting for him to complete further rehabilitation courses which are now only becoming available to him," Mr Tudori said.
"He will be eligible to reapply for parole upon completion of those courses.
"Although when Mr Cousins was first remanded in custody he tested positive to an illicit substance on one occasion, he is currently drug free and in positive spirits.
"Any allegation that Ben was involved or connected to smuggling of drugs into prison is absurd and unsubstantiated."
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