In what has been a horror week for the NRL off the field, matters only became worse, after Cronulla Sharks Holden Cup player Jesse Savage was allegedly caught in possession of 1.4g of a white powder-like substance, believed to be cocaine.
The alleged incident occurred outside the Fusion nightclub in Sydney with Savage, regarded as a talented player, currently out injured.
The police issued a statement concerning the matter.
“About 1 am yesterday (Sunday, May 7), police were called to a licensed premises on Cronulla St, Cronulla, and spoke to a 20-year-old man,” the statement read.
“Police had cause to search the man and allegedly located two small resealable bags containing 1.4 grams of a white powder, believed to be cocaine.
“The items were seized and will undergo forensic examination.
“The man was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice charged with possessing prohibited drug.
“He will appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday, June 1.”
The Sharks issued a statement of their own, outlining that they are aware of the incident and that it is now in the hands of the NRL Integrity Unit.
“Our Club has been made aware that Jesse Savage, a member of the Under 20s NYC squad, has been issued a court appearance notice for alleged possession of an illegal substance.
Jesse has been stood down from training and playing commitments until further notice and the matter has been referred to the NRL Integrity Unit.
Due to the player welfare issues relating to this matter neither the Club or the player will be making further comment. “