Canberra Raiders centre Curtis Scott has taken a rare step in getting his profession — and life — again on observe after he admittedly hit “all-time low.”
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Scott has revealed he signed himself as much as Alcoholics Nameless and underwent remedy with a psychiatrist.
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Fox League skilled Michael Ennis, who’s a training advisor with the Raiders, stated it was “actually exhausting” to listen to about Scott’s battle.
“Working with Curtis and knowing him personally, he’s been terrific to me, always show great respect to me. It’s really sad to see someone going through that,” Ennis said.
“He’s shown at the Melbourne Storm and although it’s been disruptive at the Raiders, that there’s a hell of a footy player there. But more importantly, he just needs to get away from the game, clear his head and get some clarity on where he wants to go and how he wants to go about it.
“I hope he does that, because there’s a good person there, there really is.”
Scott hasn’t been sighted since Round 12 due to an incident at a Canberra nightclub which saw police charge him with assault and the NRL sanction him with a $15,000 fine and three-game ban.
The 23-year-old — who is yet to hear whether his Raiders contract will be torn up — opened up on his mental health battle and revealed the lengths he is going to to save his rugby league career.
“I’ve been to the lowest of the lows,” Scott said.
“You can’t get any lower. It was as dark as it gets.”
“I’d had enough of feeling sh*t.
“I probably haven’t been happy for five years.”
“I’ve had enough of letting myself and other people down.
“I sourced it all (AA) on my own. I had to look into the mirror and do this myself.
“The reason I did drink was to try to escape the living hell. The pressure and the outside noise. I turned to alcohol to give myself a break and escape my problems.”
“I’ve been going for about six weeks, for about an hour-and-a-half each meeting (via Zoom).
“It’s good hearing similar stories and what alcohol can do to your life. I’ve been listening and sharing and I’m getting more confident.
“I don’t think they even know I’m the footballer. They don’t say anything.
“We’re all the same in the meetings. Everyone goes there at rock bottom and no one’s there to judge. You hear older people who have committed to the program and they’ve stayed sober for so long.
“I’m getting a lot out of it. I just want to be happy.”
Scott’s nightclub incident in May was not his first off-field, alcohol-related incident. On Australia Day, 2020 he was found by police asleep in Moore Park before a violent assault took place.
Two charges of assaulting police were thrown out in a big win for Scott, but the mental scares are still there, with the former Storm centre telling his psychiatrist that he had contemplated suicide afterwards, according to the Telegraph.
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“I’ve haven’t been the same since,” Scott said.
“It was on the front page for a few days.
“At first no one would believe my story. My crime was that I fell asleep in a park yet I’m made out to be someone who would assault a police officer.
“It knocked me about a lot. Then the truth came out. It was hard because I was trying to juggle my footy with all the speculation.”
These two incidents have been enough for Scott to make a big change to his life.
“I’ve made a choice now,” he said.
“While I’m playing rugby league I shouldn’t drink. Full stop. It brings risk to myself, my teammates and my club. I’ve got no chances left.
“I’ve come to realise that this game can be taken away from you so quickly.
“I’ve got a bad name, I know that, but I’m trying my hardest and putting some serious programs in place. With alcohol it’s about trying to stop the urge.”
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Whereas Scott hasn’t performed a recreation of footy since Might, he’s been busy working for his brother, who’s a landscaper.
“It was simply transferring barrows and digging holes,” he stated.
“Smoko at noon, all that. I truly loved it and it helped maintain my thoughts off the opposite stuff.
“All of the gyms have been closed due to lockdown so I needed to do one thing. Being again in a crew setting on jobs with the opposite boys and with the ability to maintain myself busy was essential.”
However he’s not removed from the ideas of his Raiders teammates — or a mentor that he met by means of the NRL.
“Joshy Hodgson texts me on daily basis,” Scott stated.
“Jack Wighton, Elliott Whitehead, Bailey Simonsson, Sam Williams … they’ve all been checking in.
“My accomplice, Zali, she’s so supportive, even when I haven’t been the happiest particular person to be round.
“We’re getting out as a lot as we will, doing bush trails, simply staying energetic, strolling and jogging. And my canine, Bronx. I really like him.”
“I known as NRL welfare they usually put me onto a man, Andy, who has change into my mentor. We discuss on daily basis. Earlier than and after AA conferences. I’ve learnt a lot from him.”
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Scott is hopeful that he can reset his profession within the NRL and believes he nonetheless has loads to supply.
“I’m not good however I’m not as unhealthy as some have made out,” he stated.
“I haven’t finished myself many favours however I do know the kind of particular person I’m and so do the individuals I’m near.
“As a younger child I wasn’t as naturally skilful or as huge and robust as a few of the others. I simply performed with a heap of aggression.
“There was one thing inside me that drove me to eager to be an NRL participant and you already know what … it’s nonetheless there. I’ve been in a darkish place for a very long time. I’m prepared to maneuver on.”
Scott’s case over the nightclub incident is listed for point out on August 30 to set a listening to date.
He’s wanting to get his day in courtroom, saying: “There’s two sides to each story.”
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