NRL player turned coach busted with a bag of cocaine in a nightclub blames CHRISTMAS stress for his behavior
- Former NRL player Jarred Lawrence caught with a bag of drugs in a nightclub
- Security at Sunshine Coast Nighclub saw him holding his bag and then called the police
- Lawrence told the police that he got a bag of cocaine while he was away with his friends
- His lawyer said the local footy coach had endured a difficult Christmas period
A footy coach and former NRL star blamed Christmas stress for his actions after he was caught with a bag of cocaine in a nightclub.
Security at Post Office Bar in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast found former Canberra Raiders player Jarred Lawrence the bag on December 22 last year.
The police were summoned and he was accused of owning a dangerous drug – which he pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
Canberra Raider’s alum and footy coach Jarred Lawrence (photo) accused the stressful Christmas period of his behavior after being caught with a bag of cocaine
The former professional athlete (pictured during the second rank final for the Raiders in 2003 at Telstra Stadium in Sydney) was found by security in the bar of the post office on the Sunshine Coast, who held the bag on December 22 last year
Lawrence told the police that he had been given a bag of cocaine while he was at the suburban Ocean Street location with friends.
Lawrence’s lawyer Hugh Stitt said the former professional athlete had endured a difficult Christmas period.
A judge decided not to condemn Lawrence after his defense said that such a penalty could jeopardize his status as a blue cardholder.
Mr. Stitt said his client coached two teams at Kawana Junior Rugby League Club on the Sunshine Coast.
Lawrence appeared four times for the Raiders between 2001 and 2004.
He now owns a company that supplies wet wipes and wet wipe dispensers to gyms.
A judge decided not to condemn Lawrence (right) after his defense said that such a penalty could jeopardize his status as a blue cardholder