South Sydney Rabbitohs players Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray remain in a sedated, but stabel, state in the Intensive Care Unit of Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital, following an incident early this morning that saw the pair rushed to hospital after an alleged incident involving prescription painkillers.
“Our primary concern is for the two players concerned, but also for their parents. This is quite a difficult time for both the players and their family.”“Following this season and the playoff game [a losing effort this past weekend against Cronulla] both players were involved in post-season surgery. Surgeons prescribed painkilling medication, and the players were taking that.”“Last night Dylan [Walker] came round to [Aaron Gray’s] place.”“[It is understood that] they had actually taken more than the regulated amount of prescribed medication.”“The consequence of that was that early in the morning, a third person in the house noted side effects including vomiting, and other side effects.”“Both were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. They are currently there with their family members.”“There has been improvement in both of the players’ states. They were sedated – heavily sedated – for some time. Both players [are now] showing signs of awakedness. We think that will improve more in the coming hours.”“[Walker and Gray are] not in a state where they’re communicating fully. The players are on the improve. Their vital signs are clearly on the up.”
Lee stopped short of labelling the incident an overdose, and refused to name the painkillers involved – which were reportedly Oxycodone (a powerful analgesic often referred to as “Hillbilly Heroin“) and Tramadol (an opioid).