Former AFL star Wayne Carey has broken his silence after he was caught with a bag of white powder in a casino.
On Thursday evening, the 51-year-old addressed the media outside the Wagga Wagga RSL in the NSW region, where he only answered a few questions from waiting reporters.
“I want a thorough police investigation. Complete. I applaud him. I want it,” he said.
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“What I will say is that nothing illegal happened here.
“I will say this: on two occasions they (Crown staff) had the opportunity to call the police. If what was alleged had happened, the police would have been called immediately.
“They then had another opportunity, when I went up to my room, to call the police and they never called the police.
“I want to know why. Because if they had called the police, I wouldn’t be here talking to you about this.
Carey was in Wagga to speak at a men’s mental health event organized by The Good Blokes Society, which describes itself as a community to help men develop social and business relationships.
A week earlier, Carey had been escorted out of Crown Perth when a small bag containing a powdered substance fell from his pocket.
The Premiership doubles captain in North Melbourne denied the substance in the bag was illegal, saying the powder was ‘crushed anti-inflammatories’ used to treat football injuries.
Police are investigating, but Carey has not been charged with any crime.
Carey previously said he offered to hand the bag over to staff after dropping it on a gaming table at Crown in Burswood last Thursday night.
But Crown Resorts general manager Ciaran Carruthers said Carey’s version of events contradicts that of casino staff.
“It contradicts statements we received from our own staff and witnesses who were there at the time,” Mr Carruthers told 6PR radio on Thursday.
Mr Carruthers, who is in his first week on the job, gave the interview hours before Mr Carey was due to speak at the Wagga RSL.
Mr Carruthers said casino staff and witnesses claimed Carey failed to offer the bag of powder to security after it fell on a gambling table.
He said Carey also told staff that he was not a hotel guest, which turned out to be untrue.
“Our team then approached him in his room and told him he had to leave. He cooperated, he asked for some time to collect his things, which we gave to him, and then he left property,” he said.
Mr Carruthers admitted the police should have been called.
Lawyers for Maurice Blackburn said on Wednesday that Carey had retained solicitor Josh Bornstein to investigate a possible disability discrimination claim against the Crown Casino in Perth.
Mr Carruthers denied any suggestion of ‘disability discrimination’.
“There was no discrimination. We couldn’t know, even if it was true, that there was a problem with his health,” he said.
“We have treated this as we would treat any notification of suspicious activity on the property.”
According to his attorney, Carey is being prescribed anti-inflammatories and painkillers to help manage significant pain from debilitating football injuries.
His injuries include a shoulder that needs replacing and a neck injury that requires the replacement of three discs, his attorney said.
“We are investigating whether Crown Casino unlawfully discriminated against Mr. Carey by excluding him from its premises because of a pre-existing disability,” Mr. Bornstein said.
The lawyer said his client was “distressed” by the casino’s actions which attracted media attention and led the public to mistakenly assume the bag contained an illegal drug.