Former AFL superstar Wayne Carey has bragged about dumping the bag of white powder at the centre of an incident that threatens to finally end his media career.
Sources told Daily Mail Australia that although Carey initially indicated he would be happy to hand over the bag, which he insists did not contain an illegal substance, he now claims to have disposed of it.
A new image obtained by Daily Mail Australia shows Carey enjoying the company of three men at the Lobby Lounge outside Crown Perth’s Metropol Hotel where he was supposed to be staying that night.
One of the men can be seen downing a beer next to the former North Melbourne and Adelaide star.
Carey was escorted out of the casino hours later after the bag of white powder fell out of his pocket while he was gambling.
West Australian Police told Daily Mail Australia the September 1 incident was still under investigation.
In a desperate bid to hang onto his media jobs, Carey hired legal powerhouse Maurice Blackburn Lawyers to represent him after the incident.
Lawyer Josh Bornstein said his client was incorrectly ejected ‘under the assumption that the bag contained an illegal drug’.
‘Mr Carey is prescribed anti-inflammatories and pain killing medicine to help manage the significant pain caused by debilitating football injuries – including a shoulder that needs replacing and a neck injury that requires three discs to be replaced,’ he said upon taking up the Carey case.
‘We are considering whether Crown Casino unlawfully discriminated against Mr Carey by excluding him from its premises as a result of a pre-existing disability.’
Well-placed sources told Daily Mail Australia Carey went to lawyers before even asking Crown for an apology.
Legal experts further claimed Carey would need to provide solid proof of his supposed disability to have any chance of success in the unlikely event the matter arrived in court.
‘If he wants to claim disability he needs to prove he has the disability, that he’s prescribed that medication for that and that it has to be taken in powdered form and then he would need a signed affidavit from a doctor stating all of that,’ the expert said.
Carey told reporters before a dinner at Wagga Wagga RSL Club in the Riverina district on September 8 that he wanted to know why police weren’t called to the casino when he was kicked out.
‘On two occasions they had an opportunity to call police. If what was alleged had happened then police should have been called straight away,’ he said.
‘They had another opportunity when I went up to my room to call police and they never called the police.
‘I want to know why because if they had called the police I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you about this. If it had occurred the police would have been called.’
Carey also claimed he offered to give the bag of powder to security.
The claims were dismissed by Crown boss Ciaran Carruthers, who said Carey promptly returned the bag of powder to his pocket.
‘When the packet fell to the table, the gaming staff noticed it straight away. Mr Carey regained it, placed it back in his pocket and left the table,’ he told Perth radio host Liam Bartlett.
‘He kept it and beyond that I have no idea what’s happened to it. He removed it from the table, placed it back on his person and then moved on.’
The casino chief further claimed Carey was not honest about where he was staying that night, and later attempted to sneak back into his room.
The casino is believed to have handed over its CCTV footage of the incident to police.
Mr Carruthers told Perth radio 6PR highly trained staff were keeping tabs on Carey leading up to the incident.
He said his staff had no authority to remove the bag of powder, which Carey promptly returned to his pocket.
In Carey’s 2009 autobiography, The Truth Hurts, the man dubbed ‘King’ provided insight into his handling of scandals.
‘I’d always been told and taught to deny, deny, deny, unless you have been caught red-handed,’ he wrote.
‘And even if you have been caught red-handed you still deny, deny, deny.’
The fallout from Carey’s latest incident continues to cause the footy great headaches.
Carey’s contract at Channel 7 expires at the end of this season, and industry site TV Blackbox reported it will not be renewed.
The network placed Carey on an immediate ‘temporary suspension’ after the incident became public, but it is now understood the decision has been made not to renew his contract.
Channel 7 already dropped him from the main Friday broadcast in favour of AFLW star Daisy Pearce.
The report was just days after radio station Triple M confirmed Carey would not be returning to the network.
Despite Carey’s atrocious history of bad behavior, the white powder incident has seen Carey shunned at some events leading up to the AFL grand final in Melbourne.
Just days ago it was reported a speaking event Carey was booked in for was cancelled at the last minute when members of the audience expressed their concerns about him to organisers.
Carey was due to speak at the grand final lunch for the St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club at the Glenferrie Hotel but found out he was unwanted soon after arriving.
St Kevin’s took the step when audience members told organisers they had problems with Carey making a speech, according to club president Patrick Mount.
‘There was concern in the room about Wayne being there, which we listened to, and a decision was made to remove him from speaking at the event,’ Mr Mount said.
‘Wayne then left. He acted in an extremely professional and courteous manner the entire time.’