Cronulla Sharks chariman Damian Keogh resigns after drug charge

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    Damian Keogh, Chairman of the Cronulla Sharks, has resigned his position after being charged with possession of an illegal substance.

    Keogh was reportedly found with a bag of white powder in Woolloomooloo on Friday night, when he was searched by police and charged. Keogh will be required to face court on 30 June.

    A police statement said the substance was believed to be cocaine.

    Keogh then handed in his resignation to the Sharks last night.

    “He expressed great remorse to me that he had let me down personally,” said Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman.

    “He’s very distressed about potential outcomes and the impact on the game, the club and his family,” Gorman said.

    “There’s a whole lot of challenging things to be worked on through here.

    “Clearly these things aren’t great for the club or the game but let’s be clear these are allegations.”

    The club issued a short statement on Saturday morning:

    “Our Club advises that Chairman Damian Keogh has stepped aside in his role to allow him to address allegations of possession of an illegal substance.

    “Given the challenging personal nature of this matter, Damian is not currently available for comment.”

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg confirmed that he was aware of the situation.

    “We are aware of an incident which involves the Sharks chairman,” said Greenberg.

    “We are awaiting further details from the Sharks about what has occurred.”

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (92)

    • May 6th 2017 @ 12:50pm
      kk said | May 6th 2017 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

      Has Rugby League gone mad?

      • May 6th 2017 @ 1:52pm
        Your kidding said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

        Hey kids! Come and play our game. Good clean sport!?
        if the guys at the top can’t stay on the straight and narrow, there’s a problem.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 2:15pm
        Greg said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        He’s innocent, he thought he was buying a pair of headphones.

        • May 6th 2017 @ 5:10pm
          Nate said | May 6th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

          HAHAHA! Now that’s gold! Beats by Pablo brand?

    • Roar Guru

      May 6th 2017 @ 1:15pm
      The Barry said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

      Reports today that Bromwich and Proctor have been caught buying coke in Canberra after last nights test.

      Interesting to see what happens. Barbra got 12 weeks for getting caught with it in his system. SKD got caught with it in his pocket and JBrom and Proctor were apparently caught on CCTV doing lines off a phone.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 6:39pm
        Lidcombe Oval said | May 6th 2017 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

        I was wondering why the two players were also not charged as its a criminal offence to self or attempt to self administer a prohibited drug.

        I still have questions about the Kenny-Dowell charge as the Police were contacted to search him – by whom and why??

        Keogh has stood down pending the court appearance – sure people will be harsh in their views on Kenny-Dowell/Keogh and Bromwich and Proctor if they are charged also but if all get a no conviction then all should be allowed to continue on as players and administrators. The NRL isn’t above the courts to enforce further penalties than what a court determines as fit and proper punishment. Whether the clubs stand down the player(s) as their employer until the court appearance is up to the club and the player concerned – if they do the NRL should not then be able to impose a further penalty.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 6:54pm
        Lidcombe Oval said | May 6th 2017 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

        Extract from the NRL illicit drug policy – It must have been Barba’s second contravention then to receive a 12 match ban

        A first positive test results in the player receiving a suspended fine, and they must undertake a mandatory treatment program. The player is also placed on a monitoring program which involves targeted testing.

        Players who record a second contravention will serve a 12-match ban, the prospect of contract termination and further treatment and monitoring. Third time offenders would be referred to the CEO or Chief Operating Officer of the NRL for them to determine an appropriate sanction.

        The Illicit and Hazardous Drugs Testing Policy is based on a player welfare model.  

        Samples are analysed for amphetamines – which includes such drugs as speed, ecstasy and ice – ketamine, cannabis, cocaine, opiates, and synthetic versions of those drugs.

    • May 6th 2017 @ 1:15pm
      JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

      Ex captain of the Australian Basketball team too, Olympian, 55 years old. The mind boggles honestly. Although we all know this is commonplace even amongst this age group, CEO’s and all.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 3:59pm
        Gavin R said | May 6th 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

        Even more so with CEO’s and such. Its a white collar drug

    • May 6th 2017 @ 1:16pm
      Mike said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

      Wow. How is RL supposed to get any respect or credibility in the community with this sort of thing going on with players and now club bosses?? Incredible stuff.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 4:50pm
        Gavin R said | May 6th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

        No one is expempt. You dont think the lawyers representing them dabble in it, too?

        Drugs are widespread in society. Very, very common.

        • May 7th 2017 @ 12:45am
          Dexter The Hamster said | May 7th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

          I can assure you the lawyers representing them have most likely dabbled as well.

    • Roar Guru

      May 6th 2017 @ 1:17pm
      The Barry said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

      Reports on line that JBrom and Proctor caught buying a substance in Canberra last night. Apparently they were caught on CCTV ingesting something off a phone with rolled up banknotes.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 1:32pm
        JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

        You are kidding aren’t you? But I guess they needed a lift after that smacking.

        • May 6th 2017 @ 1:35pm
          Jacko said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

          you would think the testers are currently trying to catch up with these guys

          • May 6th 2017 @ 1:37pm
            northerner said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

            No you wouldn’t. It’s only a WADA violation if taken during competition.

      • May 6th 2017 @ 1:51pm
        kk said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

        As a League tragic the mind is a traffic jam of conspiracy theories and anger at the lack
        of respect shown for the GGoA. Just how prevalent is the use of cocaine in the game?

    • Roar Guru

      May 6th 2017 @ 1:27pm
      The Barry said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

      I wonder why the cops needed to search him, as the story says? SKD too?

      • Roar Guru

        May 6th 2017 @ 1:29pm
        M.O.C. said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

        Probably because at the moment if you search someone linked to the NRL you tend to find small plastic bags of white powder?!

      • May 6th 2017 @ 1:36pm
        JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        Sydney is pretty much a police state run by right wing Christians. It all serves their agenda. It isn’t hard to get yourself searched or questioned by the cops at all, even the middle aged.

        • Roar Guru

          May 6th 2017 @ 1:38pm
          M.O.C. said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

          It’s pretty easy to avoid getting in trouble though – if you don’t break the law, you can’t get caught!

          • May 6th 2017 @ 1:55pm
            JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

            We’ve broken the law some time or other, maybe even you.

            • Roar Guru

              May 6th 2017 @ 2:01pm
              M.O.C. said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

              Speed camera doing 66 in 60 zone and that’s about it. Packets of white powder don’t seem to show up in my pockets – maybe I’m just uncool.

              • May 6th 2017 @ 2:04pm
                JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

                The way I look at it this isn’t half the crime as playing basketball the way Damein did. He was a shocker.

          • May 6th 2017 @ 1:58pm
            JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

            But seriously how better to scare the crap out of all those middle aged business types who are doing this than nabbing someone high profile like Keogh. Commendations on the way.

          • May 6th 2017 @ 2:18pm
            SmithHatesMaxwell said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

            Exactly. If aren’t in possession of drugs you won’t get arrested for drug possession.

            We must congratulate the police successfully getting another drug user off the streets. Great instincts on the part of the police involved.

            • Roar Guru

              May 6th 2017 @ 2:29pm
              The Barry said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

              Yeah, get em off the streets. We can sleep safely knowing Damien Keogh won’t be mugging old ladies or stealing VCR’s.

              Get them off the streets? Are you serious? Do you think Keogh is at this minute wearing an orange jumpsuit, walking around the exercise yard trying not to get shanked while planning his escape with Andy Dufresne?

              • May 6th 2017 @ 3:05pm
                Chui said | May 6th 2017 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

                I’ve got Andrew Bolt on hold for you. Line two.

                Burn all those lefty pinko chardonnay sippers.

                I didn’t die in four world wars so that a bunch of latte drinkers can rack up wherever they feel like it.

              • May 6th 2017 @ 4:42pm
                Mushi said | May 6th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

                That was a random walk… ATO police call outs (it could be the “hey I think my CEO neighbour has some coke” call is below cleaning their desk)

                Who is stealing from the ATO by the way?

              • Roar Rookie

                May 8th 2017 @ 12:18pm
                Bumsy said | May 8th 2017 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

                Well no, the Australian ones are green!

        • May 6th 2017 @ 10:16pm
          Jeff Dustby said | May 6th 2017 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

          Sydney is a police state ?
          Maybe a slight exxxxxxxageration

      • Roar Guru

        May 6th 2017 @ 1:39pm
        eagleJack said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

        It wouldn’t be a random search. Most likely the dog squad, and both of them were singled out by the pups.

        • May 6th 2017 @ 1:53pm
          JVGO said | May 6th 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

          Cops spend most of Friday and Saturday nights stationed outside hotels and bars these days acting like security and being rude and intimidating. The dog squad run through every night spot pretty systematically. This is one of the reasons no one goes out anymore.

        • May 6th 2017 @ 2:22pm
          SmithHatesMaxwell said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

          Great work on the part of the police dog.

          I’d give it a schmacko and scratch under the chin if I could.

          Another drug user off the street. Let’s hope Mr Keogh learns his lesson and never touches the evil substances again for recreational purposes. Hopefully scares the crap out of other potential drug users.

          • Roar Guru

            May 6th 2017 @ 2:30pm
            The Barry said | May 6th 2017 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

            Calm down Mrs Mangle…

            • May 6th 2017 @ 10:17pm
              Jeff Dustby said | May 6th 2017 @ 10:17pm | ! Report

              You mean the preachers wife from the Simpsons

          • May 7th 2017 @ 12:51am
            Dexter The Hamster said | May 7th 2017 @ 12:51am | ! Report

            “great work on part of the police dog”. Prob the worst thing I have ever read on the Roar.

            give me strength.

            • Roar Guru

              May 7th 2017 @ 7:56am
              The Barry said | May 7th 2017 @ 7:56am | ! Report

              Haha…I know.

              Then this bloke has the nerve to be condescending to the rest of us.

              It’s these absolute attitudes that make any meaningful discussion about issues like this impossible.

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