Blair to face an assault charge: UPDATE

Off the back of their convincing win over the Gold Coast Titans, the Storm are dealing with an off-field incident, with reports that utility Maurice Blair was involved in an alleged incident, in which he was charged with unlawful assault.

The incident occurred on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, with the Storm investigating the matter and taking it very seriously.

As the information comes to hand, the Melbourne Storm plan to cooperate fully with the authorities, as they too conduct their own investigations into the alleged assault.

The NRL has also been notified of the incident.

With the incident now settled, the Melbourne Storm have fined Blair an undisclosed amount for his alleged assault on the Gold Coast, and have decided to suspend Blair from duties for 2 weeks.

“I would like to apologise to my family, friends, fans and all the stakeholders of Melbourne Storm for my involvement in the incident,” Blair said in a statement.

“Everyone at Melbourne Storm is well educated and fully aware of our requirements when it comes to respectful relationships and the decisions we make.

“If I had my time again, I would have made a better choice to ignore the situation.

“I have been fully cooperative with everyone involved and I have accepted the outcomes.”

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