Thursday, March 5, 2009

It Happens Everywhere

Thanks to Katharine in the U.K. for sending info for today's post.

England prop Matt Stevens believes he can return to rugby a better player once he has completed a two-year ban for testing positive for cocaine.

The United States isn't the only place where athletes are caught misbehaving in one way or another. Unfortunately, it happens everywhere. Matt Stevens plays rugby for the club in Bath, England. He claims, however, that he is happy that he was caught:

"I hope with every grain of my soul, that I'll be able to come back and be a better rugby player than I was, and I think I will be," he told BBC 5 Live.

"There's a sense of relief that I can get fixed and stop abusing myself."

Stevens is banned from the sport for two years and will be able to re-sign with the club in 2011. The club's website has a brief statement that claims they have come to an internal agreement and will not convene a disciplinary hearing.

Word is that he will be opening a cafe while he is banned from rugby.

Bath Rugby has a women's club as well. They play a match against the St. Mary's Old Boys Ladies squad this Sunday. The women's team at St. Mary's could probably use a better name, eh?


Lindsay said...

Haha! I think they could use a better name as well!

I suppose Stevens is handling the situation the best he can by admitting fault and claiming he wants to change. Hopefully he is sincere.

Nice to see a rugby post!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah, I think owning up is always a good first step and I hope he is sincere also.

Maybe we should write the club and tell them to sponsor a contest to rename their women's squad!

Doret said...

St Mary's isn't too bad a name, and who knows maybe nuns are rooting for them on gameday

Apryl DeLancey said...

You crack me up!