Herald Sun – AFL star’s secret childhood (Ossie Award)

Photo by Michael Klein (Herald Sun)

Oliver Jacques

5 August 2016

FORMER Western Bulldogs midfielder Brad Murphy chokes up as he talks about the childhood he kept hidden from fans and teammates.

The athletic 31-year-old doesn’t remember much about his mother. Not even the incident that led to her vanishing from his life.

Brad’s foster carer, Debby, told him that when he was four his mum came to pick him up, high on drugs, in a battered old sedan with an exhaust pipe dragging on the ground.

When we think of orphans, we think of children in far-flung places overseas. But in Australia today, there are more than 43,000 children who can’t live safely in their own home — removed due to abuse or neglect.

Read more: Herald Sun

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