The Australian sporting community is in a state of shock after reports emerged high-profile Queensland Reds recruit Karmichael Hunt had been arrested and charged for allegedly supplying cocaine.
Tri-code superstar Hunt, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds against the Brumbies last Friday, was nabbed in a sting involving the state’s Crime and Corruption Commission.
Hunt was one of four people issued with notices to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on March 5. The CCC allege the quartet “arranged for the supply of cocaine for personal use or to on-supply to friends and colleagues between June and December last year”.
During a decorated six-season NRL career, Hunt won a premiership with the Broncos in 2006 and represented Australia in 11 Tests and Queensland in 10 Origins. He made an admirable code-switch with AFL newcomers Gold Coast Suns, playing 44 games from 2011-14 before signing a deal with the Reds.
He was installed as vice-captain of the side and yesterday was named at fullback to face the Western Force on Sunday, which now appears a highly unlikely proposition.
Hunt’s arrest is a shattering blow to the Reds’ 2015 campaign, while it follows hot on the heels of former representative Rugby League stars Jason Smith and Matt Seers being charged with cocaine trafficking offences.