Blake says he didn’t do it

Barcham 16 July 2013 2

Canberra Raiders and New South Wales winger Blake Ferguson is pleading not guilty in response to charges of indecent assault, reports ABC News.

Ferguson was accused of assaulting a young woman in a Cronulla nightclub while out drinking with fellow well behaved footballer Josh Dugan.

Ferguson has been suspended by the NRL for multiple problems, mostly related to drinking, but the club will await the results of the trial before deciding his fate.

At the time of his arrest, NRL chief executive Dave Smith said Ferguson’s suspension sent a “strong message” that the player’s behaviour was not acceptable.

“I think clearly the fact of the matter is, we don’t want to see that type of behaviour,” he told Grandstand.

“We’ve suspended Blake on the basis he’s had a number of alcohol issues.

“Whilst I’ve got regard for his welfare, quite frankly we don’t want to see this type of behaviour, the fans don’t want to see it, the vast majority of players don’t want to see it.”

UPDATE: The Raiders have issued a terse statement:

Canberra Raiders player Blake Ferguson has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault at a court hearing in Sydney today.

The matter has been adjourned until September 3.

The Raiders will now await the decision from the NRL on when Blake can return to training fulltime and playing with the NRL team.

Until this time the club has no further comment.

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2 Responses to Blake says he didn’t do it
farnarkler farnarkler 5:46 pm 16 Jul 13

Whilst I agree that rugby league players are never going to be knocking on the door for MENSA membership, the majority earn their money. They’ll need it for when on field injuries begin to catch up with them in later life.

c_c™ c_c™ 4:10 pm 16 Jul 13

I’m gonna say what needs to be said – footy players are over paid boof heads. Instead of paying them big contracts up front or over the term of the contract, and trying to then control their behaviour through codes and slaps on the wrist, I think they need to make it so that bulk of the pay is future dated. Give em enough to live on and they can earn a bonus once they’re done with the sport.

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