Leading two-time NRL player Sonny Bill Williams explained in detail how his â€œfeministâ€ lifestyle left him feeling â€œsoullessâ€.
Cross-code football superstar Sonny Bill Williams explained how his “feminist” lifestyle left him “soulless” before converting to Islam in 2009.
Williams won a position as Premier of the NRL with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2004 before achieving success in rugby union, winning two Rugby World Cups with the All Blacks and a Super Rugby title with the Chiefs.
But early in his professional career, the footballer regularly found himself in the headlines for off-pitch scandals, rather than his exploits on the pitch.
The New Zealander was infamous with Australian Ironwoman Candice Warner in the toilet of a Sydney pub.
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In an excerpt from his next autobiography You can’t stop the sun from shiningWilliams admits to having had a drinking problem in his youth, an addiction that at one point led him to the hospital.
“I had been partying all weekend, I didn’t think about the self-preservation instinct when I was playing, and it kind of influenced my life off the pitch as well,” Williams told the host. Australian TV Lisa Wilkinson in an exclusive Channel interview. 10 The project.
â€œI woke up to the doctors standing there, a few doctors standing there, my girlfriend at the time crying and I just remember ripping it off the doctor.
“I didn’t know any better.”
Williams confessed that he still felt guilty about the way he treated women and his own body, abusing drugs and alcohol.
“I’m not proud of it by any means, but I’m proud of the man I am today because I learned from those experiences,” he explained.
â€œFor so long I had effects made from drugs, abuse, women, and then the next day I would wake up and have such a disgusting feeling inside myself and I felt like, man, so empty, you know, soulless. “
Williams also revealed that he still suffers from “everyday” anxiety.
â€œBut now when I do good things it’s a different kind of high,â€ he said.
“It’s such a big high, when you visit the sick in the hospital, when you volunteer your time for the less fortunate or when you do a young child’s day, because waking up the next day, it’s empowerment. “
As the NRL continues to be plagued by drama off the field, including drug scandals and allegations of sexual assault, Williams believes it would be beneficial for the league to start “honing” the youngsters who join. the competition.
â€œI think we need to be more diligent in the sense that a lot of the understanding that a lot of these kids come straight from school, straight into professional sport. They don’t have a lot of experiences in life, â€he said.
â€œWe have to start perfecting themâ€¦ understand that you are a role model whether you want to admit it or not. “
In his autobiography, Williams reveals that he and his wife tied the knot just four weeks after they met, admitting the couple weren’t in love when they tied the knot.