Queensland Reds vice-captain Karmichael Hunt has admitted to buying 12.5 grams of cocaine as part of a “misguided post-season celebration”.
UPDATE: Hunt has been fined $2500 for possessing cocaine, with no conviction recorded.
EARLIER: The star footballer, who has had stints with the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns and NRL’s Brisbane Broncos, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court this morning, where he pleaded guilty to four counts of drug possession (downgraded from four charges of supplying cocaine).
He was one of 10 current and former footballers caught in a Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into cocaine trafficking.
A police prosecutor said the four charges against Hunt relate to him asking the “main target” of the CCC investigation, former Sydney Roosters player John Touma, for cocaine on four occasions last year.
On one particular occasion, Hunt texted his supplier for a “big one” because he was on the Gold Coast “with a few boys and they were pretty keen”.
Hunt’s barrister, Alastair McDougall, told the court his client “accepts he made very poor choices for which he will be paying for the rest of his life”.
He provided the court with several character references, and told the court Hunt was supported by his parents and father-in-law.
He argued a fine (with no conviction recorded) would be an appropriate punishment, because Hunt has owned up to his drug use and is already facing massive financial and personal losses as a result of the charges.
“He has shown significant remorse by entering an early plea at the very first mention date,” McDougall told the court. “His words were, ‘it’s very easy to deal with an issue when you tell yourself the truth’.”
McDougall called the charges a “massive wake-up call” for Hunt.
The Queensland Reds are expected to make an announcement about Hunt’s future at the club today.