Former AFL star Brendan Fevola’s spirits have lifted considerably over the past 24 hours, as it dawns on him that the off-field indiscretions that tarnished his career actually weren’t that bad compared to large-scale drug trafficking.
In light of revelations that Bomber Thompson has been charged with multiple drug offences, Fev has come to realise that getting rowdy at the 2009 Brownlow Medal function wasn’t such a big deal after all.
“Everyone was so outraged when (the Brownlow incident) happened,” Fev reflected.
“All the media scrutiny got to me at the time — but now I realise that in the grand scheme of things, it was a pretty trivial thing for people to get worked up about.”
The same can be said about the time Fev assaulted a bartender in Ireland while on the 2006 International Rules tour — it was bad, but nowhere near as bad as the litany of charges being laid against Bomber Thompson.
Likewise, urinating on a nightclub window seems like a non-issue when compared to distributing crystal methamphetamine, a drug so destructive the federal government launched a $300 million national taskforce in an attempt to eliminate it.
Fev admitted to feeling a similar way when the news broke earlier this year that Barnaby Joyce had cheated on his wife with one of his staffers.
“I’ve always felt ashamed of cheating on the mother of my children with Lara Bingle back in 2006,” he confessed.
“When I found out the deputy prime minister had done the same thing, that definitely eased my conscience a bit.”
Now free of the guilt that has plagued him since the end of this playing career, Fev is looking forward to a future where his slip-ups are considered in a broader context.
“It’s nice to know that despite all the dodgy shit I got up to over the years, at least I’ve never done anything that warrants significant jail time,” he said, breathing a sigh of relief.
“I’d like to think people will take that into account next time they have a laugh at my expense.”