Sonny Bill Williams. Photo / Getty
Cross-football superstar Sonny Bill Williams has detailed 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.
In an excerpt from his upcoming autobiography You Can’t Stop The Sun From Shining, Williams admits to having a drinking problem in his youth, an addiction that led him at one point to the hospital.
“I had been partying all weekend, I hadn’t thought about the instinct of self-preservation when I was playing, and that influenced my life off the pitch as well,” Williams told the TV presenter. Lisa Wilkinson in an interview on Australian Channel 10. The project.
“I 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.
“For 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 of me and I felt like, man, so empty, you know, soulless. “
Williams also revealed that he still suffers from “everyday” anxiety.
âBut now when I do good things it’s a different kind of high,â he said.
“It’s a great high, when you visit the sick in the hospital, when you give your time for the less fortunate or when you make the day of a young child, because waking up the next day is like is empowerment. “
As the NRL continues to be plagued by off-court drama, including drug scandals and sexual assault allegations, Williams believes it would be beneficial for the league to start “honing” the youngsters who join. the competition.
“I think we need to be more diligent in the sense that a lot of the understanding that a lot of these kids come straight out of school, straight into professional sport. They don’t have a lot of experience in life.” , did he declare. .
“We 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.