Marshall in more strife
Townsville mother complains about mid- air spray
ANOTHER witness has come forward to complain about the behaviour of embattled Wests Tigers fiveeighth Benji Marshall on a Qantas flight the day after l a s t mo n t h ’ s A l l - S t a r s match.
As reported in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday, the NRL was forced on Friday to investigate a claim from a Townsville mother and daughter that Marshall had made loud and offensive c o mment s o f a s e x u a l nature on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.
Now, another passenger sitting in the terminal near Marshall and other NRL stars before the flight has emerged to make similar allegations.
A Sydney man, who only wanted to be known by his first name " Peter", said he overheard Marshall loudly detailing " his exploits from the night before" within earshot of other passengers near the bar at Brisbane Airport. ‘‘ They were putrid," the man said. " There were a group of players there, and they were drinking which is nobody’s business. It was about 1pm. But Benji was talking about his exploits from the night before – he was the loudest.
‘‘ I’m a bloke, so I was okay. But there were ladies a n d g u y s w i t h t h e i r girlfriends around and they would’ve heard it. As I said, what he was saying was putrid."
The man said Marshall was among a group of players that included Penrith centre Michael Jennings a n d c a p t a i n P e t e r o Civoniceva.
‘‘ They were not saying anything offensive, but I was surprised that Petero did not step in and pull Benji into line," he said.
The NRL said it would happily listen to the man’s complaint if he came forward.
‘‘ But we haven’t heard of any further complaint to that matter," Brady said.
‘‘ But the principle of it remains the same: players need to be mindful of people around them when they are saying something."
Tigers chief executive Steve Humphreys had no comment when contacted yesterday, believing the matter had been put to bed.
M a r s h a l l a n d T i g e r s t eammate Liam Fulton, who was also on the flight, had told him on Friday they were surprised at the allegations.
Marshall will attempt to shut out the dramas of the past week when the Tigers kick off their season when they meet the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium tonight.
Having been charged with assault following an incident outside McDonald’s in The Rocks at 3.20am on March 5, he was confronted with this new controversy late last week.
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J e n n i f e r Robinson fired a letter into NRL boss David Gallop complaining how she and her 21-year-old daughter were sitting two rows back from Marshall and other Al l - St a r s p l a y e r s when Marshall allegedly made lur i d r e m a r k s a b o u t a woman.
Because Mrs Robinson was not a rugby league fan, s h e d i d n o t r e c o g n i s e Marshall until he featured in news reports concerning his assault charge.
‘‘ I saw him on television and thought, ‘ There’s Mr Loudmouth’," Mrs Robinson said from Switzerland, where she is on holidays.
‘‘ He’s not the perfect angel that some might make him out to be."
Her daughter, who declined to be named, said: ‘‘ He [ Marshall] looked at me after he said it and just smiled.
‘‘ I’m a young girl, and the way he was speaking was disgusting."