Before dawn on a Saturday in May last year, police in Canberra identified a group of men on CCTV.
Two of them had played in the Anzac rugby league Test the previous night.
They were then New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and fellow Kiwi international Kevin Proctor. After losing the game they were now doing lines of cocaine outside a city nightclub, just hours after playing for their country.
“They’re both really, you know, really top-quality players,” Adrian Crowther, who partied with the footballers that night, said.
Mr Crowther was a big fan of Bromwich’s club Melbourne Storm.
He had been to the Test that night and bought the players drinks as a sign of his appreciation.
One of the players’ entourage asked Mr Crowther if he had any cocaine. It did not take long for him to get his hands on some.
“Let’s do this,” Mr Crowther told the men.
“I just wanted to get on it with these guys,” Mr Crowther told 7.30.
“I thought it was just a great opportunity to carry on drinking with them.”