Disgraced Rugby League star Tim Simona opens up on his addiction

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
Tim Simona

Just 48 hours after his contract was ripped up by the NRL, former Wests Tigers winger Tim Simona has revealed all in an explosive interview with Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

The 25-year-old outline his addictions, which includes gambling and drugs. He used the money that he ripped off from charities to fund his addictions, and also revealed that he his seeing someone to help him overcome his demons.

During the incredible confession, he revealed that he first tried cocaine during Mad Monday celebrations and that he now can blow through $300 an hour, paying for the drug.

All in all, it’s been a costly pair of addictions, which he believes have cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. His $325,000 yearly salary that he earned with the Wests Tigers either went buying drugs or gambling on poker machines across Sydney.

The Samoan International’s scheme came undone when his ex-girlfriend Jaya Taki took to Facebook to post about his faux pa’s.

Their tumultuous relationship laid bare in more than 100 pages of text messages seized by the NRL during their investigation into Simona’s match betting and exclusively obtained by The Sunday Telegraph.

“I’m just embarrassed and ashamed,” he said but he did go on to say that he always went onto the field trying to win and that he would never let his teammates down.

The NRL are unlikely to ever let the New Zealand born Simona play again. The Sunday Telegraph also revealed that he placed 65 bets on the NRL between March and April last year, which totalled $905.

He used his former girlfriend Jaya Taki’s Sportsbet account to avoid detection with only one of the bets he placed coming out a winner, when he backed himself to score two or more tries against the Panthers in Round 17.

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