Jessica Peris says she overdosed on sleeping pills and was rushed to hospital after doping scandal

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    Jessica Peris’ name was splashed across headlines in 2018, after she was forced to drop out of the Commonwealth Games selection trials after testing positive to a banned substance.

    And while the 31-year-old has always strenuously denied taking any performing enhancing substances, the backlash and frenzy that followed became too much for the athlete.

    On Monday, the SAS Australia star – who is the daughter of Olympic legend Nova Peris – told Woman’s Day that she tragically overdosed on sleeping pills in 2019, and was rushed to the hospital as a result.

    Speaking out: Athlete Jessica Peris has revealed she overdosed on sleeping pills in 2019, after he was forced to drop out of the Commonwealth Games selection trials after testing positive to a banned substance - which she vehemently denies

    Speaking out: Athlete Jessica Peris has revealed she overdosed on sleeping pills in 2019, after he was forced to drop out of the Commonwealth Games selection trials after testing positive to a banned substance – which she vehemently denies 

    ‘I was completely broken and lost,’ she said. ‘I kept pushing things to the side, and putting on a brave face but ultimately I just couldn’t handle it any more.’

    In the same interview, Jessica also said it was difficult growing up in her mother’s shadow and that she was always ‘compared’ to her in the past.

    As part of the Australian women’s field hockey team at the 1996 Olympic Games, Nova was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal.

    ‘With everything that she had achieved in her life, which was so exceptional, it kind of made it quite hard for me to achieve something because you’re always compared to her accomplishments,’ she added.

    It is assumed that Jessica is set to discuss what happened in an upcoming interrogation session on Channel Seven’s SAS Australia.

    'I was completely broken and lost,' she said.'I kept pushing things to the side, and putting on a brave face but ultimately I just couldn't handle it any more'

    ‘I was completely broken and lost,’ she said. ‘I kept pushing things to the side, and putting on a brave face but ultimately I just couldn’t handle it any more’

    She went on to say that the emotional trauma in her life has made her hesitant to ever return to athletics, but following her appearance on the series she now feels that ‘anything is possible’.

    Jessica has always vehemently denied taking any performing enhancing substances, blaming a ‘substantially flawed’ urine sample and hiring a lawyer. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency later rejected her claims.

    The allegation was a crushing blow for the athlete, who has fought to get past a series of personal scandals in recent years.

    Her tumultuous romances with Roosters fullback Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Darwin rugby union player Jah Coe both ended with claims of domestic violence, smashed mobile phones and dirty laundry publicly aired in court.

    In 2016, Kenny-Dowall was cleared of violence charges after a court found Ms Peris was an ‘unreliable’ witness – and up to 40,000 lurid text messages were tendered to a magistrate.

    In the sordid messages the footballer verbally abused her – calling her a ‘dumb c***’ and a ‘f*** head’.

    Olympic legend: As part of the Australian women's field hockey team at the 1996 Olympic Games, Nova Peris was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal

    Olympic legend: As part of the Australian women’s field hockey team at the 1996 Olympic Games, Nova Peris was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal

    Their bitter arguments were laid bare with Kenny-Dowall becoming infuriated when she went out partying – rather than return home to romp as she had suggested.

    As Daily Mail Australia reported at the time, the Roosters star fumed: ‘Have fun at Hugo’s d***head’ and blasted her as being ‘f***ing off ur head’.

    The same night, he texted: ‘Good on ya have a good night f***wit’, ‘selfish f***wit mate wouldn’t expect any less from u’ and then tells her to ‘f**k off’ and ‘get ducked’.

    Ms Peris pleaded with him to be courteous but copped a barrage of abuse including ‘F*** off then Jess. Selfish piece of s**t mate. What a sick c**t Jess.

    ‘Selfish piece of s**t don’t bother coming home. Doors locked’.

    Many of the messages exchanged by the pair and shown to the court were extremely explicit, reports said, including references to pulling her hair and ‘making sweet love’.

    Kenny-Dowall wept as the charges against him were dismissed. 

    Ms Peris’ prior relationship with Coe also ended in acrimony.

    In 2012, he pleaded guilty to smashing Ms Peris’s mobile phone during a confrontation and to two charges of breaching an apprehended violence order. He was convicted of one of the breaches and fined.

    Their court stoush came in the same year as a tragedy – the car crash death of Nova Peris’s second husband, the Australian sprinter Daniel Batman. Both knew the talented sportsman.

    Moving forward: Jessica went on to say that the emotional trauma in her life has made her hesitant to ever return to athletics, but following her appearance on the series she now feels that'anything is possible'

    Moving forward: Jessica went on to say that the emotional trauma in her life has made her hesitant to ever return to athletics, but following her appearance on the series she now feels that ‘anything is possible’

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