NRL legend Greg Inglis has admitted himself to rehab for alcohol and mental health issues – just ONE MONTH after retiring from the game
- Ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs and Queensland Origin captain retired last month
- Has apparently struggled with life after rugby despite being a club ambassador
- His treatment will focus on alcohol and depression issues, according to reports
- In January Inglis was placed on a good behaviour bond over drink driving
NRL legend Greg Inglis has admitted himself to rehab for mental health difficulties after being caught drink driving.
The former South Sydney Rabbitohs and Queensland Origin captain will enter the clinic on Monday.
Inglis, 32, retired in April with 18 months left on his contract and has apparently struggled with life after rugby despite his new role as a club ambassador.
Inglis takes a moment by himself before announcing his retirement from rugby league
Sally Inglis and Greg Inglis arrive at the 2016 Dally M Awards at Star City on September 28, 2016 in Sydney
His treatment will focus on alcohol and depression issues, according to the Daily Telegraph.
A Rabbitohs statement read: ‘Rabbitohs and Souths Cares ambassador Greg Inglis has entered a facility to undergo treatment to assist with and support his mental health.
‘On behalf of Greg and his family, we ask the media and the public to respect their privacy.
‘No further comment will be made by the Rabbitohs, Greg, his management or his family at this time.’
It comes after reports circulated this week that Inglis had failed to turn up to work commitments.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he went AWOL during community work in Brisbane over the weekend and could not be found by his colleagues.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg told Channel Nine earlier this week: ‘I am aware of some of issues he’s facing.
‘Yes, we’re across it and yes, we’re in contact with both him and the club.
‘It will be a journey for Greg. But he’s got a lot of support. He’s got a lot of people around him, including all of us at the NRL.’
In January Inglis was placed on a good behaviour bond but escaped conviction after he was caught drink driving and speeding on the way home from a regional NSW rugby league tournament.
NRL legend Greg Inglis (pictured before announcing his retirement last month) has admitted himself to rehab for mental health difficulties
He had been named skipper of the national team just hours before he was caught driving 99kmh in an 80kmh zone on the outskirts of Lithgow on October 1, 2018.
Inglis pleaded guilty to drink driving in November.
NSW’s chief magistrate Graeme Henson granted Inglis an 18-month conditional release order, noting his loss of the captaincy, driving and playing suspensions, and substantial charity work.
The incident was not Inglis’s first encounter with the law.
In August 2009 he was charged with recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault after his then girlfriend Sally Robinson was left with a black eye.
In April 2010 Inglis was ordered to complete a behavioural change program after accepting responsibility for pushing Robinson in the incident.
The recklessly causing injury charge was withdrawn.
He said at the time: ‘I’m not stupid, I’ve had to go through my fair share of problems. I’m glad the court stuff is behind me.
‘It’s been a massive learning curve for me. I wouldn’t say I had depression through it but, at times, you think about walking away.
‘I’m relieved it’s off my shoulders now. I just want to move ahead with Sally. I’m grateful to her, she helped me along when she didn’t have to.’
Inglis and Robinson married on 5 December 2010 at the Twin Waters Resort in Maroochydore.
Retired Rabbitoh Greg Inglis embraces team mate Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs on May 2