Legal representatives from the Bulldogs club and the NRL are reportedly ready to push on with contempt of court proceedings against the contract breaking Sonny Bill Williams, if the fallen star decides to play for his new Rugby Union club in another trial game tomorrow.
Sonny Bill Williams, is facing an array of legal proceedings – initially for breaking his 5 year contract with the Bulldogs and now others, such as contempt of court for ignoring the issued order to cease playing for a another club.
The NSW Supreme Court last week put in place a temporary injunction against Williams playing any other code of football and for any team other than the Bulldogs.
Many felt with Williams playing in a trial match for Toulon several days ago – he would continue to have no regard for the legal situation back in Australia and take the field again tomorrow. However, it’s believed after advice – that SBW is concerned about the legal ramifications in Australia should he eventually have to return in the years ahead to play Super 14 Rugby Union.
At the end of the Channel 9 Footy Show in Sydney tonight, reporter Danny Wiedler phoned in to say representatives for Sonny Bill Williams have been in touch to say he would not be playing in Toulons next match.
Legal representative for the Bulldogs, Arthur Moses, told the NSW Supreme Court this morning that Williams, 23, had been formally served with the injunction order following the match against Toulon.
“The orders were served on the first defendant, certainly that betters our position and what we are doing at the moment is observing whether he will breach that order by playing in a game scheduled for Friday morning,”Mr Moses said.
If Williams does breach the court order by playing tomorrow morning, Sydney time, the Bulldogs and NRL would initiate contempt proceedings, Mr Moses said.
Once a court order is made, any breach could constitute contempt of court.
It appears the Bulldogs have given Williams the benefit of the doubt in not initiating contempt proceedings after Williams’ first match for Toulon last Saturday.
Williams reportedly went to great length, including travelling on a different team bus and warming up in the sheds, to avoid being served. However, it is understood that he was well aware of the order.
If Williams is found in contempt of court he could face jail if he returns to the country or have his Sydney assets seized.
Mr Moses asked that the matter be stood over until September 4 but requested that it be relisted with the court within 24 hours’ notice if Williams plays tomorrow.
The Bulldogs are also suing manager Khoder Nasser and the Toulon Rugby Club for enticing Williams to breach his contract.