NSW Police are reportedly satisfied that NRL player Benji Marshall who was involved in a incident early Monday morning at a Kings Cross club was not the instigator in yet another public flare up by an NRL player in a hot spot such as Kings Cross.
Just 2 years after being knocked to the ground in a nightclub brawl, Marshall was again targeted by another patron in the early hours of Monday morning at the Sapphire Lounge, Kings Cross.
NRL players continue to find themselves at the centre of trouble and regardless of who was at fault, the fact that Marshall was out drinking in Kings Cross – a known trouble spot, certainly doesn’t look good for him. While early reports suggest Marshall wasn’t the trouble maker and did well to avoid confrontation – why to the NRL players put themselves in this position. We say it time and time again, if players want to drink without problems – stick to safer watering holes or if they want to get amongst it, just fly to Melbourne which is extremely economical these days and NRL stars will not be recognised in the AFL mad town.
Witnesses are always quick to take photos and contact outlets such as The Daily Telegraph to spill the beans on NRL players and their off-field activities. Apparently in this instance, the hostilities ignited when a man extended his hand to Marshall.
The man who was involved in the scuffle with Marshall was removed from the premises by security staff, but according to reports, no charges were laid.
There was no indication that Marshall was at fault or that he provoked the attack, police apparently commending the 23-year-old on his behaviour throughout the incident.
Police are now reviewing the siutation, but have initially cleared Marshall of any illegal activities after chatting to him on the scene and reviewing CCTV video camera footage.
While the 23-year-old Marshall was not arrested or charged with any offence, this latest incident only days after the Greg Bird late night saga really does question the wisdom of NRL stars roaming the Kings Cross area late at night. Once again, they could be totally innocent but trouble will always find a celebrity in a place like the Cross.
Just 3 months ago Parramatta winger and NSW State of Origin representative Jarryd Hayne was shot at 2 blocks from the Sapphire.
Ignoring apparent warnings from Parramatta Eels officials, Eels players Mark Riddell, Brett Finch, Feleti Mateo and Eric Grothe were all inside the club when Marshall was involved in the incident.
After Parramatta had run riot over the hapless Tigers to the tune of 44-6 at ANZ Stadium – the players had made the trip in to celebrate in the Eels case and Marshall went along for the ride at the popular Sydney footballer’s hang-out.
Apparently pictures were taken by witnesses of the incident and these, along with statements from the NRL and the Wests Tigers club are sure to follow in the hours ahead.
In March 2006 Marshall was knocked to the ground during a brawl at a Coffs Harbour pub.
He claimed at the time that the incident would change his views on heading out to nightspots in the future.