Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt says being found guilty of the possession of cocaine has been a “blessing in disguise”.
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Hunt is currently serving a six-game Super Rugby suspension after being found guilty of four charges of cocaine possession.
The former Gold Coast Suns player was fined $2,500 by the courts and escaped conviction, however he was slapped with a $30,000 fine by the Australian Rugby Union and the Reds.
Hunt says recent events have been a major wake-up call and has given him an opportunity to become “a better man”.
“In a weird way it was kind of a blessing in disguise, everything that sort of happened,” Hunt is quoted as saying by the ABC.
“It kind of forced my hand to look on myself to make some harder decisions to obviously correct my behaviour and that’s been done now.
“I’m thankful for it, as much disappointment and hard work it has caused the (Reds) organisation and family and fans, and friends, you name it.
“But I look forward to obviously learning from it and moving on and being a better man because of it.”
Hunt is suspended until the Reds’ round eight match against the Melbourne Rebels on April 3.