Sandow gambling dramas resurface Sandow gambling dramas resurface Danny Weidler April 29, 2012 Read laterBe the first to comment THE LAST WORD Problems on and off the field ... Chris Sandow. THE focus on Chris Sandow's weight is hiding what appears to be the real issue with the Parramatta halfback - his gambling habits. It's reached the point where his mum is coming to Sydney from Cherbourg to help him through these difficult days. It's unclear whether she will be in Sydney for the long run but she is coming to help her son as he wears the fall-out for Parra's terrible start to the year. His punting problems have been documented - tales of his continued gambling have reached my ears. He is fortunate his agent, Isaac Moses, is aware of the issue and he is working hard to help his client. Sandow was getting on top of things but as his footballing world caves in, his old habits have re-emerged. If he'd stayed at Souths, club officials had plans to ban him from certain gambling establishments. It's unclear if that affected his decision to stay or go. Parramatta were well aware of the issues before they signed him. He owed mates money before he joined the Eels and it was some of those friends who convinced him Parra was the way to go - after all they were offering the most money. Take this as fact, he owed well in excess of $50,000. His issue was poker machines. He would go and gamble by himself and he managed to keep it quiet from Souths by not asking for advances. That's where his mates came in handy. Sandow didn't socialise with the Souths players - some say it was because of his gambling. But he was always a very popular member of the team. Talk that he and John Sutton didn't get along was not right - they were just not friends outside of footy. Sandow, who was dropped to NSW Cup side Wentworthville yesterday, is extremely popular with his Parra teammates and they all want him to succeed. They will rally around him after this story, like they did after Peter Sterling observed that he was not fit. His battle with the punt can he beaten and if he can get things right on the field, it will hopefully help him off it. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/sandow-gambling-dramas-resurface-20120428-1xrwc.html Great journalism:sarcasm: This guy is a grub.