Paul Carter has pleaded not guilty to drugs charges in Sydney. The former NRL player appeared in court on charges that related to a 2016 offence.
Ex NRL Player Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges
Beleaguered former NRL player Paul Carter has pleaded not guilty after being accused of supplying cocaine to his former teammates. Carter’s charges allege that he supplied Shaun Kenny-Dowall, his ex-Rooster’s teammate with the drug at a popular bar in Sydney in 2016.
The 25-year-old player briefly appeared before the magistrate in the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court to enter his not guilty plea, and kept his head down and refused to comment when leaving. He avoided the press as much as possible and was accompanied by his lawyer, who spoke on his behalf in court.
A Player In Disgrace
Carter was sacked by the Roosters earlier this year after the allegations came to light, and he was accused of bringing the sport into disrepute. The police allege that Carter supplied Kenny-Dowall with cocaine at the Ivy in May, and the exchange was caught on CCTV camera. The footage belonged to the nightclub and apparently clearly showed Carter handing the drugs over.
Kenny-Dowall has fared less badly than Carter however, and although his Roosters contract was torn up after the incident, he is now playing for the Newcastle Knights. His mid-season switch was not without controversy, but he had pleaded guilty to possessing 0.29 grams of cocaine and had described the incident as a monumental mistake. His admission of guilt left him in a better position than Carter, who is refusing to enter a guilty plea.
Carter’s Turbulent Career
Carter has had a turbulent career and any punter placing NRL bets has had to keep a close eye on him, as his antics have earned him something of a bad boy reputation. He has played a total of 40 games for 3 different clubs since 2014 and has been sacked by not only the Roosters and the Rabbitohs, but also the Titans and South Sydney for off-field alcohol fuelled incidents.
He made his debut in 2014 and in the same year he was sacked by the Titans after being caught drunk driving twice within short succession. He only lasted 2 seasons at South Sydney too, before he was given the boot. He also played briefly for the Rabbitohs but was released from his contract after he breached the clubs code of conduct, and then failed to turn up for training after a night of hard partying. Following his untimely departure from the Rabbitohs Carter spent time a rehabilitation center in Thailand in an effort to stop drinking.
When the Roosters threw Carter a lifeline he grabbed it, but he managed to play only 3 games before his drug charges came to light and he was asked to leave.
Carter is apparently currently living more than 500kms away from the court with his father in Coffs Harbor. His father is former Penrith’s player Steve Carter, and is not doubt disappointed with the events that have taken place.
After entering his not guilty plea, Carter has been instructed to return to court next month.
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