England player James Haskell on the charge against Australia.
England player James Haskell on the charge against Australia. DAVE HUNT

'Rest assured, I'm not dead and not disgraced'

RUGBY UNION: England international James Haskell has made it clear he has not died of a steroid overdose.

In response to reports the big flanker had been selling drugs, which had ultimately got the better of him, Haskell posted a video on YouTube.

"You may have seen there are quite a lot of fake news stories operating on Facebook, that I have died of a steroid overdose, which is not true; that I have died of a drug overdose, which is not true; and that my career is over because I have been trying to sell drugs,” he said.

Haskell is recovering from a foot injury that needed surgery after England's victorious tour of Australia in June, but is expected to return for club side Wasps this month.

"Another rumour is circulating that I had to quit rugby and left everyone in my family and moved away,” he added.

"Just to make it clear, this is absolute rubbish. It is all click-bait. Rest assured, I'm not dead and not disgraced and for those of you who are sceptical, we get drugs-tested all the time.

"I'm not dead and for those of you who wish I was dead, better luck next time.”


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