So then half the Balmain/Westen Suburbs joint venture are coke heads
Disgraced former Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona has revealed how he used money he raised for charity to fund his drug and gambling addictions.
Simona was deregistered by the NRL on Friday and handed an indefinite ban for betting on opponents in Tigers matches, and also ripping off charities after auctioning off autographed jerseys.
In an explosive interview that could shake the NRL to its core, Simona told News Corp how he first took cocaine with Tigers team-mates on a mad Monday boat cruise three years ago.
He said his habit spiralled out of control and was spending several thousands of dollars of his $325,000 a year salary every weekend on the drug and pokies machines.
"There was about six or seven of us," Simona said.
"We went to the toilets, and just snort a line pretty much. That was the first time I had ever touched drugs. From then on every time I would go out, I would start using it."
Simona said he never feared getting caught by drug testers despite buying up to five bags of cocaine a weekend and was tested as frequently as his Tigers team-mates.
"Actually I'd been tested quite a few times, and obviously I knew when to take it," he said.
"In the rep round when we had the weekend off I would take it or if there was a long turn around between games.
"I would take it on a Friday so by Monday I think it would be out of my system."
Simona confessed to auctioning off at least 12 jerseys and keeping the money.