Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he weighs in on Kalyn Ponga scandal

Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he weighs in on Kalyn Ponga scandal

Andrew Johns reveals cops took him home after big nights out as he weighs in on Kalyn Ponga scandal

Andrew Johns reveals the cops used to bring him home after massive parties to get him okay playing footy – and confesses Kalyn Ponga’s pub toilet drama left him’ sad, not angry”

  • Footy legend admits getting picked up by cops and having one sit in the back
  • Johns, 48, has openly admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol throughout his career
  • ‘Joey’ struggles to comment on Kayln Ponga cabin fiasco

Footy legend Andrew Johns has spoken openly about a huge night out in Newcastle that ended with him being taken home by the cops as he revealed Knights superstar Kalyn Ponga’s pub toilet fiasco l had saddened.

Rugby league Immortal was commenting on the ‘benefits of being Andrew Johns at Newcastle’, and Kayln Ponga’s cabin drama more broadly, 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 weighs in on Kalyn Ponga scandal

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

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

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

“So the brass say, ‘Come in – you have to play on the weekend. I said, “That’s nice.”

“They get in the car and I knock on the window and say, ‘I’m not getting in the back. And the nice policeman came out and sat in the back!

The star half-back has candidly admitted to long-term drug and alcohol abuse throughout his adult life, 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 spending five days drinking a drink 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 spending five days drinking a drink before a rugby tournament

The Knights are having a horror season on and off the pitch with star fullback Kalyn Ponga and injured teammate Kurt Mann filmed being thrown from a toilet cubicle by security on Saturday night – resulting in a drug test by the NRL.

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 none of the players were intoxicated and they did not stayed at the hotel for only 25 minutes.

Despite being Newcastle’s greatest ever footballer, Johns admitted he wasn’t the best person to weigh in on the current situation.

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

“It’s not nice when your team is away and the captain is away, and you’re having a drink.”

The NRL’s eighth immortal was also quizzed over questions raised over Ponga’s ability to lead the club.

“These questions are probably justified,” Johns said.

“I think he does (need the captain). He’s their best player.

Andrew Johns is pictured playing for Newcastle Knights in 2006. Johns was named rugby league's eighth immortal, winning the Dally M Most Valuable Player Medal three times.

Andrew Johns is pictured playing for Newcastle Knights in 2006. Johns was named rugby league’s eighth immortal, winning the Dally M Most Valuable Player Medal three times.

Johns went on to say that Knights head of football Peter Parr was the right person to mentor Ponga throughout the scandal.

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

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

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