It comes just a couple of days after the NRL warned players to be careful with what they do, and to stay out of trouble – but it is clear the message did not work, after Manly winger Jorge Taufua was charged overnight with assault, following an incident on the Gold Coast.
The charge comes after he allegedly spit on a police officer, with the 20-year old arrested at 3:35am last night in Surfers Paradise, at the Shooters nightclub.
Taufua was clearly worse for wear, sporting a heavy bandage on his head and his right eye, with his hands handcuffed in front of him.
It was all smooth sailing before the incident occurred, with Taufua staying with friends at the Crowne Plaza – with police unopposed to the option of bail, but they did ask for a disease test to be performed.
John Costanzo, who was the magistrate at Southport Magistrates Court, granted Taufua bail, but banned the winger from attending any licenced premises in Queensland.
Although Taufua has no criminal history, the incident may see the club take heavy action, as the 20-year old will be forced to check into Mt Druitt police station in Western Sydney every day.
The case itself has been adjourned to January 10, to allow for case conferencing.