Zak Hardaker to enter rehab after drink-driving conviction but staying at Wigan

first_imgShare on Facebook Reuse this content Wigan Warriors Hardaker was given a 20-month driving ban after being stopped by police in September, only days after beginning training with the Warriors, when he was more than twice over the legal limit. He is currently serving a 14-month ban from playing after testing positive for cocaine last year but, under UK Anti-Doping regulations, was allowed to start training before the ban’s completion.The drink-driving incident put his future with Wigan in doubt but the Warriors have insisted they will not terminate the 27-year-old’s contract, instead deciding to send him on a “period of treatment for his relationship with alcohol”. That involves a residential stay at Sporting Chance.In a statement Wigan’s owner, Ian Lenagan, said: “Firstly, I’d like to make clear that we are extremely disappointed with Zak’s actions on the evening of 26 September. Drink driving is completely unacceptable, and we are pleased the matter has been dealt with by the courts so firmly. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Rugby league … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger news Support The Guardian What next for Wigan and Warrington after the Super League Grand Final? Since you’re here… Topics Share on Pinterest “It would be easy for us to cut our losses with Zak and deny him the opportunity to play for Wigan but we are not going to do that. Our duty of care as employers is to help Zak address the fundamental problems that he has had for some time – issues that we believe could and should have been confronted already. Zak will enter a residential facility in the coming weeks and how he commits during this course will not only define his rugby career but potentially set him on a more productive path for the rest of his life.”Hardaker said: “I’d like to wholeheartedly apologise for my actions. The first thing I need to accept is that I have a problem and I’ll be throwing all my efforts into sorting that out. I’d like to thank Wigan for supporting me through this and I will do everything I can to repay their faith in me.” Wigan have announced that Zak Hardaker will remain with the Super League champions in 2019 despite pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge last week – but the full-back will undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment with the Sporting Chance Clinic in an attempt to salvage his career. Share on LinkedInlast_img

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