While only allegations at this stage, if the finger pointing turns out to be true for Wes Naiqama, then he may have literally throw away his last chances at the NRL after years of off-field incidents.
This time it was a Newcastle Hotel were allegations arose, not the public roads where Wes has previously been in strife. Police investigations now in full swing with a patron lodging a complaint after Naiqama hurled a cup in their direction.
The Knights immediately suspended Naiqama until things are proven, allegations centering around an apparent cup throwing incident where a female inside the pub was struck and cut on the face.
Sources suggest this may have happened last week, but the accuser has only just come forward to lodge a complaint with Police in the past few days.
Things were seemingly running smoothly for Naiqama – who after a troubled past, looked settled and consistent under strict boss Brian Smith. If anything, it seemed Naiqama had revelled at Newcastle and had a senior role in the side almost as his form and mentorship to younger players in 2008 was impressive.
The Knights are expected to release further statements today as to the incident, but until the Police investigation is completed all is speculation.
“He hasn’t been charged with an offence so it is difficult to act any further on it until after the police have been givenÂ time to conduct their investigation. It’s my understanding though that the alleged incident may have happened a week ago with the girl only recently coming forward.”
Other versions of the alleged incident differ. Others have said the thrown glass may not have been intended for the victim.
The Knights won’t confirm what final action would be taken against Naiqama if the events prove to be true. However, given his past and the recent Greg Bird drama – if things are proven true, then surely Naiqama will be walked.
It was 2007 when at the St George Illawarra Dragons that Wes Naiqama was booted for unlicenced driving.
As it stands, Naiqama is already disqualified from driving for 15 years.The NRL players copping an 8 month periodic detention for his crimes.
Only 12 months before that, he was arrested but not charged over an alleged assault – against Paulini Curuenavuli, an Australian Idol star at the time.
On top of recent Newcastle consistency, Wes was a big part of the Fijian national side that made the semi-finals of the 2008 World Cup.