Disgraced AFL legend Mark “Bomber” Thompson says being forgiven by his sons was the turning point in his road to redemption following his infamous 2019 drug conviction.
More than 400 ecstasy pills and 33 grams of methamphetamine were uncovered during a police raid on Thompson’s Port Melbourne home in 2018.
In his first on-camera interview since being placed on 12-month community corrections order for drug possession, the AFL great said reconnecting with loved ones had changed his life and was “the most powerful thing that’s ever happened to me”.
“Maybe (sons Michael and Daniel) thought they lost me a bit because I sort of went away from them,” he told A Current Affair.
“But I remember getting a message from (Michael) saying, ‘It doesn’t matter Dad, we’re 100 per cent behind you’ and I was so proud of the kid.”
The drug haul led police to lay trafficking charges on the five-time premiership winning AFL great.
A Melbourne magistrate later dismissed the trafficking charges, but found Thompson guilty of possession.
His former housemate, convicted drug trafficker Thomas Windsor, was jailed.
“It happened. Thinking back now, I had no idea of the law,” Thompson said.
“I had no idea that under my roof, (the drugs are) in my name. I had no idea.”
Thompson also admitted he should have never let Windsor into his home but described the drug raid as a crucial lesson.
“Think about what you’ve done and know that people who love you will forgive you for whatever you do — because they love you,” he said.
“Don’t avoid them, don’t hide from them, don’t do anything except for engage with them.”