Troubled former footy star Ben Cousins was reportedly hitting up his AFL mates for signed jerseys so he could sell them for drugs in the months leading up to his recent arrest.
One of those mates was believed to be Richmond Tigers premiership star Dustin Martin, who blocked Cousins' number due to his persistent calls, The Herald Sun reported.
Cousins repeatedly called Martin for return of the Tigers jersey Cousins wore in his last ever AFL game in 2010 before retiring, which he gave to his rookie teammate as a keepsake.
Ben Cousins (centre) gave then Richmond Tigers rookie Dustin Matin (far left) his jersey from his last ever AFL game in 2010, just weeks after this win against Adelaide Crows
Cousins also reportedly wanted other jerseys signed by the 2017 Brownlow Medal winner.
Martin wants minimal distractions as he prepares for his 200th AFL game in the Tigers qualifying final against Hawthorn next Thursday night and remains focused on winning back-to-back premierships on the last Saturday in September.
Meanwhile, his former idol and former West Coast Eagles premiership star Cousins is back behind bars after he was allegedly caught with 13 grams of meth hidden in a plastic bag in his anus last month.
He also allegedly threatened to kill Maylea Tinecheff, the mother of his two children.
Star playmaker Dustin Martin (pictured) will play his 200th AFL game for the Richmond Tigers next Thursday night
Meanwhile, Dustin Martin's former idol and former Tigers teammate Ben Cousins (pictured) remains behind bars following his recent arrest
Martin's manager Ralph Carr knew his client and Cousins were once close but was unaware the requests for signed jerseys.
'I didn't know that, but knowing Dusty as well as I do, the moment someone would say that to him, he'd just walk away, he's not interested in the slightest with that sort of rubbish,' Carr said.
'It's a shame because like most kids at his age back then, he idolised Cousins.'
The fresh allegations follow recent claims by an unnamed friend that Cousins also tried to sell his 2005 Brownlow Medal to buy drugs.
Cousins was remanded in custody when he appeared in a Perth court on August 22 in relation to 16 offences, including aggravated burglary, aggravated stalking and possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply.
Fresh claims that Ben Cousins was hitting up his AFL mates for signed jerseys so he could sell them for drugs come after recent claims that he tried to sell his 2005 Brownlow Medal (pictured with it in 2005)
Cousins was refused bail amid allegations that he threatened to kill his ex-partner, Maylea Tinecheff (pictured)