JARROD Mullen’s mother has spoken out over her son’s ban, saying the club had cut him off and he was in “deep despair” as his family battled to come to terms with the cataclysmic change.
Leeann Mullen told ABC radio’s Craig Hamilton in an interview broadcast on Tuesday that she had written to NRL boss ToddGreenberg and Knights boss Matt Gidley over the matter.
She said she had sought some degree of leniency for her sonbut had heard back only from Greenberg.
Ms Mullen reaffirmed her son had taken the substance unknowingly after receiving an injection in attempting to get back on the field for Newcastle and keep his career alive.
She said he had known he was receiving an injection but not that it included a banned substance.
“He didn’t want to sit on the sideline and take the money..he was desperate to leave [the game] on his terms,” she told Craig Hamilton.
Ms Mullen said the 30-year-old five-eighth had been been unable to return even to clean out his locker at the club since his positive test emerged early this year.
She also sought to set the record straight about some claims circulating about the matter, including that Jarrod had been paid since the positive test was revealed.
“The last time he went to training was the last time he had anything to do with the Knights,” she said.
‘There’s a player in deep despair’ Mathew Gidley addresses the media after Jarrod Mullen is stood down over a positive steroid test. Picture: Brodie Owen
Mathew Gidley addresses the media after Jarrod Mullen is stood down over a positive steroid test. Picture: Brodie Owen
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ASADA recommended a four-year ban in March after it revealed Mullen had tested positive to banned substance drostanolone.
The 30-year-old former Knight received a four-year ban suspension from the NRL drugs tribunal in May despite an appeal on the basis he was not seeking an unfair advantage.
But the ban, which almost certainly spelling the end of his professional sporting career, stands.
Mullen told media in June that hetook“full responsibility for what happened” and was “not here to blame anyone else” but conceded he perhaps should have identified the person who provided the banned substance.
“I trusted the bloke,’’ Mullen said.“I’ve known him for 10 years. He tossed up an amino acid injection to help with the healing…a thing that I think helps cure breast cancer.’’