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Blake Ferguson in trouble again

By johnboy 17 June 2013 28

The SMH has word that Canberra Raiders star Blake Ferguson has got himself in more bother:

Police are investigating an incident at a nightclub in Sydney’s south involving NSW State of Origin winger Blake Ferguson.

No arrests have been made but police said they were investigating an incident involving the footballer at 2230 Restaurant and Bar in Cronulla about 10.30pm on Sunday.

“Police have seized CCTV footage from the location and are continuing with further inquiries,” Miranda police duty officer Inspector Mick Merrett said.

We’re hearing Josh Dugan was also at the pub, and that the allegation is of indecent assault.

UPDATE: The Raiders have made a terse statement:

The Canberra Raiders have been made aware of an incident involving Blake Ferguson last night at a Sydney licenced premise. The incident is currently under investigation.

“We have been notified by the NRL of an incident involving Blake Ferguson last night,” Raiders CEO Don Furner said. “At this stage we are working with Police, NSW League management and the NRL integrity unit and will make no further comment the facts can be properly established.”

FURTHER UPDATE: The ABC brings word he’s been charged with indecent assault:

“Ferguson will not take part in the second State of Origin game and the NRL will reserve its decision on when he may be able to resume playing until it is in a position to assess any further relevant facts with the Canberra Raiders and the NRL Integrity Unit.”

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James_Ryan 9:14 am 10 Sep 13

grunge_hippy said :

nope I’m calling bullshit on alcohol being the blame.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/raiders-stars-caught-boozing-before-key-match-20130909-2tg31.html

It’s pretty clear the Canberra Raiders team culture has an alcohol problem.

No alcohol clauses in player contracts is the solution. You want to play for the Raiders, no drinking during the season. If you can’t make the commitment, good luck elsewhere.

Enough already.

James_Ryan 9:00 am 19 Jun 13

grunge_hippy said :

nope I’m calling bullshit on alcohol being the blame.

Then you’d better call the Canberra Raiders as they reckon they’re standing by Ferguson on conditions including that he undertakes alcohol rehabilitation programs.

grunge_hippy 10:12 pm 18 Jun 13

James_Ryan said :

grunge_hippy said :

James_Ryan said :

bundah said :

What is it with the Raiders star players in recent years??

Alcohol.

bullshit. You used to see old school players like Ricky, Mal, Laurie etc drunk off their tits in civic all the time. Difference is now that every dickhead has a phone and can snap a pic of them being a dumbarse (or they take it themselves…. duh!) Every bimbo with a famewhore gene sees it as their 30 seconds of fame or their ticket to being a WAG and then gets cranky when they reject them. Yes, I’m sure they did dumb things back then, just like these guys are, difference being no one gave a shit because they were seen as footy players, not role models. The minute we started getting all goody two shoes about the evils of alcohol and these glorified bogans with a lot of cash as role models, we see this sort of stuff. Messrs Dugan and Ferguson being prime examples.

Oh, and it was just on the news, he’s been charged with indecent assault.

I’m unsure why you’re calling “bullshit”. You think it would have happened if alcohol was not involved?

You seem to be suggesting that the “problem” is that people now have smartphones and expectations of responsible behaviour from footballers, as opposed to the good old days. I’m calling that for “bullshit”.

Every single one of the unsavoury incidents referred to in this thread is the result of poor judgement when drinking. Some who are otherwise reasonable people, drink alcohol and display poor judgement and make bad decisions. Remove the alcohol and you get better behaviour.

I can’t believe that sporting organisations like the Raiders (and Cricket Australia, and others) don’t have strict no alcohol clauses in their player contracts (or at least some player contracts). Honestly, which NRL club in its right mind would want to pay a fortune for Dugan, Carney, Ferguson et al, and then let them decide how much they’re going to drink?

nope I’m calling bullshit on alcohol being the blame.

Most people drink and can control their impulses or at least not act like a total knob job most of the time. It seems these new crop of players cant control their impulses or handle their drink whereas the players of the past were able to keep their behaviour in relative check – not to mention that these days everyone is ready, willing and able to dob the players in any chance they get. Back then, they were able to go out, have a good time, and no one would be ringing the papers or taking video. We saw Ricky Stuart nearly get hit by a taxi one night off his chops and it didn’t make the paper. These days it would be all over social media and the newspapers.

James_Ryan 7:11 pm 18 Jun 13

grunge_hippy said :

James_Ryan said :

bundah said :

What is it with the Raiders star players in recent years??

Alcohol.

bullshit. You used to see old school players like Ricky, Mal, Laurie etc drunk off their tits in civic all the time. Difference is now that every dickhead has a phone and can snap a pic of them being a dumbarse (or they take it themselves…. duh!) Every bimbo with a famewhore gene sees it as their 30 seconds of fame or their ticket to being a WAG and then gets cranky when they reject them. Yes, I’m sure they did dumb things back then, just like these guys are, difference being no one gave a shit because they were seen as footy players, not role models. The minute we started getting all goody two shoes about the evils of alcohol and these glorified bogans with a lot of cash as role models, we see this sort of stuff. Messrs Dugan and Ferguson being prime examples.

Oh, and it was just on the news, he’s been charged with indecent assault.

I’m unsure why you’re calling “bullshit”. You think it would have happened if alcohol was not involved?

You seem to be suggesting that the “problem” is that people now have smartphones and expectations of responsible behaviour from footballers, as opposed to the good old days. I’m calling that for “bullshit”.

Every single one of the unsavoury incidents referred to in this thread is the result of poor judgement when drinking. Some who are otherwise reasonable people, drink alcohol and display poor judgement and make bad decisions. Remove the alcohol and you get better behaviour.

I can’t believe that sporting organisations like the Raiders (and Cricket Australia, and others) don’t have strict no alcohol clauses in their player contracts (or at least some player contracts). Honestly, which NRL club in its right mind would want to pay a fortune for Dugan, Carney, Ferguson et al, and then let them decide how much they’re going to drink?

dungfungus 4:21 pm 18 Jun 13

Reprobate said :

dungfungus said :

Mustn’t forget the Noa Nadruka incident at the South Pacific club in City Walk either.

I remember, I used to work with the mother of the girl who was punched in the face. The way the family had to cope with her injuries, then trying to bring the matter through the ACT courts for justice (ha!) really changed the way I viewed the Raiders.

Now after Monaghan, Carney, Dugan etc in the very recent past we have Ferguson. Pattern emerging for anyone? Lots of money, booze, ink and ego.

The club says Ferguson’s had a tough upbringing and needs to be looked after; fair enough, but maybe also keep him on a leash when he’s out in public eh? If anything I have even more contempt for Dugan as he seems to have been the one seriously leading Ferguson astray… time for Fergo to choose his “friends” more wisely.

I am glad you can remember all these incidents also as some people on this blog only believe things if they are on the internet and there is scientific proof of same.
What happened to books and oral discussion?

Reprobate 3:40 pm 18 Jun 13

dungfungus said :

Mustn’t forget the Noa Nadruka incident at the South Pacific club in City Walk either.

I remember, I used to work with the mother of the girl who was punched in the face. The way the family had to cope with her injuries, then trying to bring the matter through the ACT courts for justice (ha!) really changed the way I viewed the Raiders.

Now after Monaghan, Carney, Dugan etc in the very recent past we have Ferguson. Pattern emerging for anyone? Lots of money, booze, ink and ego.

The club says Ferguson’s had a tough upbringing and needs to be looked after; fair enough, but maybe also keep him on a leash when he’s out in public eh? If anything I have even more contempt for Dugan as he seems to have been the one seriously leading Ferguson astray… time for Fergo to choose his “friends” more wisely.

dungfungus 3:37 pm 18 Jun 13

Chop71 said :

dungfungus said :

If ever there was a reason for the ACT Government to stop all funding of professional sporting teams in the ACT, this is it.

….and ACTEW can stop sending our utility bills their way too.

Correct. I should have said ACT Government and all their subsidiaries. There are a few good letters in today’s CT about the corporate largesse of ACTEW’s retiring chairman.
Remember how that ill-fated Stanhope idea called Rhodium Asset Solutions was sponsoring the Brumbies through the backdoor in a similar way to what UC are doing now?

Chop71 2:48 pm 18 Jun 13

dungfungus said :

If ever there was a reason for the ACT Government to stop all funding of professional sporting teams in the ACT, this is it.

….and ACTEW can stop sending our utility bills their way too.

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