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Solomon Haumono on his dark battle with drugs

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    A former NRL star has opened up about his dark battle with illegal drugs, admitting to using ice while playing the sport at a professional level.

    Solomon Haumono, 40, had a tumultuous past filled with drug binges, multiple suicide attempts and severe depression - but has now vowed to help young kids stay away from the path he took.

    In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, New Zealand-born Haumono, who played for a number of Australian rugby league teams during his career, has revealed details about about his decades-long battle with the drug addiction that almost cost him his life.

    'I began using ice while I was still playing in the NRL, I am just so lucky it didn't take a hold of me like it has so many others,' he said.

    During his worst times, the NRL star turned professional boxer was manufacturing his own drugs, and testing the recipes on himself.

    Consuming a cocktail of hard drugs including marijuana, cocaine and crystal meth every day put Haumono's life into a sharp downward spiral.

    Haumono said his last ever experience with drugs was akin to a 'religious awakening', during which he was halucinating so badly he believed he saw demons.

    'We were in a four-level nightclub and I began to see demons in people, and as I went down each floor it was like I was getting closer to hell,' he said.

    Terrified and confused, Haumono fled the club, and said he has never touched a drug since. He beleives it was a sign from God 'showing me where I was going', and the 40-year-old is now deeply religious.

    Haumono said his story is not unique, there are many similar ones in the NRL and all across the country which is why he has vowed to do something to help stop the drug crisis.

    He and his wife Margaret are setting up a drop-in centre for troubled youths in Redfern, in additon to the work they already do with 'The Block'.

    Haumono is not the only high-profile sportsman who has been embroiled in a drug scandal while still playing at a professional level.

    Earlier this month former West Coast Eagles player Chris Judd opened up about what it was like to play alongside troubled Ben Cousins, who has faced a number of scandals during the last decade.

    Judd, 32, and Cousins, 37, were teammates with the West Coast Eagles from 2002 to 2007, during which time the star midfielders each won a Brownlow Medal and premiership.

    Judd - who left West Coast to join Carlton after the 2007 season - has lifted the lid on Cousins' battle against addiction in a revealing book, Inside: The Autobiography



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  2. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    Sols mums corn.

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  3. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    He must have a book coming out. It worked for the 8th immortal
     
  4. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The chapter on the "pleasure machine" would be worth a read........if it had pictures
     
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  5. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Meh, ive seen demons in people, shape shifters and i never haf to turn to fairytales to get me grounded.
    But good on him for going clean.
     
  6. Killer03

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    One thing I noted was how when he played for us in 2003 (or thereabouts) he was dominating the competition. That's certainly not my recollection!
     
  7. WESTIE

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    He was either very lucky ...or...the drug testing procedure is a joke .
     
  8. Sea Eagle 4 Life

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    The guy had the world at his feet when he played for Manly in the mid-90s. Could have been anything. Sad that drugs ruined his RL career.
     
  9. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    It was the mid 2000's
     
  10. Sea Eagle 4 Life

    Sea Eagle 4 Life Active Member

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    No - the stats don't lie. He was with Manly 1994 - 1996 and then went to Canterbury. He did come back to Manly some time later.

    1994 2 Games
    1995 23 Games
    1996 14 Games
     
  11. eagleron

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    I reckon that clown mundine played a big role in ruining his career, all his racist ranting about how the black man was treated by the nrl caused massive confusion in a mind that was ripe for manipulation and played a large part in Haumono going off the rails IMO.
     
  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  13. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    From memory he missed the 96 grand final as he put his elbow through a window?
     
  14. Freagle

    Freagle Well-Known Member

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    Yep, correct I think Isz. Also told some pretty cryptic stories about his Dad at the same time...hints at domestic violence I think, suggestions that he had been 'damaged' by him in some way? Can't quite recall. But yes, he went from a great player for us in the 90s to a world-beater at the Dogs, then...almost nothing. Was old and slow by the time he came back to us in the 2000s.
     
  15. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    There you go. I'd forgotten about that.
     
  16. Shoe1

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    I think it was 95, had an argument with biscuits then smashed the glass. Missed the gf.
     
  17. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sounds right!
     
  18. Brissie Kid

    Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

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    Solo's 1995 "Power Ranger" try in Manly's 1995 comeback semi final win over the Sharks was a massive highlight

    The one-sided punch up with Dan Stains at Brookie too.
     
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  19. Wombat Legacy

    Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What gets me here is "nobody knew" of his drug addiction. Good old rugby league. He was always inconsistent...maybe that is why. Good luck to him-another story of a gifted athlete who threw it in the **** tin!
     

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