ARL great blames gambling for sports stars’ problems

Australian rugby league commentator and former star player Peter Sterling said in a broadcast interview that gambling, rather than drugs, was responsible for the problems player Ben Barba has encountered recently, leading to his suspension.  Sterling said,  “Problem gambling is a much bigger problem in our game than peptides – a long way in front”.  Meanwhile, another ARL great, Andrew Johns, has opened up about the seductive trappings of fame and the dangers for younger players, citing the ubiquity of mobile phones as an exacerbating factor for player privacy.