Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he breaks down the Kalyn Ponga scandal

Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he breaks down the Kalyn Ponga scandal

Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he breaks down the Kalyn Ponga scandal

Andrew Johns reveals that the cops used to drive him home after big nights out so he could play football and confesses that Kalyn Ponga’s bathroom drama has left him “sad, not mad”.

  • Footy legend admits to being picked up by cops and making one sit in the back
  • Johns, 48, has openly admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol throughout his career.
  • ‘Joey’ feels it’s hard for him to comment on Kayln Ponga’s cubicle fiasco

Football legend Andrew Johns has been outspoken about a great night in Newcastle that ended with him being driven home by police when he revealed that Knights superstar Kalyn Ponga’s bathroom fiasco made him sad.

Immortal rugby league was commenting on the ‘perks of being Andrew Johns in Newcastle’, and more broadly on Kayln Ponga’s cubicle drama, on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the Eighth show on Wednesday night when he made the confession.

“A few times I walked out of a nightclub and the cops picked me up and took me home without handcuffs,” Johns said.

Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he breaks down the Kalyn Ponga scandal

NRL legend Andrew Johns has spoken openly about the time he was driven home by police and made one of the officers sit in the back seat.

Johns is pictured playing for NSW in 2005. The rugby league star has had a number of off-field scandals during his incredible career.

Johns is pictured playing for NSW in 2005. The rugby league star has had a number of off-field scandals during his incredible career.

So the cops say, “Come in, you have to play on the weekend.” I said, “That’s sweet.”

‘They get in the car and I knock on the window and say, ‘I don’t ride in the back.’ And the lovely policeman came out and sat in the back!

The star runner has candidly admitted to long-term drug and alcohol abuse throughout his adult years, having managed to avoid detection by NRL drug testers during his career.

Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns (pictured playing for the Knights in 2001) has admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol throughout his career, including drinking for five days before a rugby tournament.

Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns (pictured playing for the Knights in 2001) has admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol throughout his career, including drinking for five days before a rugby tournament.

The Knights are having a season of terror on and off the field with star fullback Kalyn Ponga and his injured teammate Kurt Mann being filmed being thrown from a bathroom stall by security Saturday night, resulting in them the NRL did drug tests on them.

Ponga and his father Andre told the club that Mann was helping him at the time after he drank too much and fell ill, but it was reported that neither player was intoxicated and they were only in the hotel for 25 minutes.

Despite being the best footballer in Newcastle history, Johns admitted that he is not the best person to weigh in on the current situation.

“It’s hard for me to comment, because I lived a colorful life,” he said. But he makes me sad, not angry.

‘It doesn’t look good when your team is playing away from home and the captain is away, and you’re drunk.’

The eighth NRL immortal was also asked about questions being raised about Ponga’s ability to captain the club.

“Those questions are probably warranted,” Johns said.

‘I think so (he needs the captaincy). He is their best player.

Andrew Johns is pictured playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2006. Johns was named the eighth rugby league immortal and won the Dally M medal for best player three times.

Andrew Johns is pictured playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2006. Johns was named the eighth rugby league immortal and won the Dally M medal for best player three times.

Johns went on to say that Knights football boss Peter Parr was the right person to guide Ponga through the scandal.

“I thought something Peter Parr said was that when JT [Johnathan Thurston] He first went to the Cowboys, there were some rough edges and some ups and downs when JT first got the captaincy,” he said.

“But ‘Parry’ was his mentor and we all know Johnathan Thurston’s qualities as a captain, a player and a leader, so hopefully, with that kind of influence, Kalyn can be that captain.”

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