Cops probe Dogs star booze re­port Reynolds in strife

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NICK HANSEN

NRL star Josh Reynolds is at the cen­tre of the code’s new­est booze scan­dal af­ter al­legedly ar­gu­ing with night­club staff and fel­low play­ers dur­ing a night out on Fri­day.

Po­lice were called af­ter a fe­male staff mem­ber first tried to eject the Can­ter­buryBankstown Bull­dogs fiveeighth at Nor­thies Cronulla Ho­tel just af­ter 11.30pm.

One wit­ness, who did not wish to be named, said Reynolds thought the woman was a fan try­ing to get his at­ten­tion when in fact she was urg­ing him to leave be­cause he had drunk too much.

“This guy was just out of line, his own play­ers were try­ing to get him out of the place … he kept push­ing them away,” the wit­ness claimed.

Bull­dogs CEO Rae­lene Cas­tle ( pic­tured) said the club had been told Reynolds was out with Bull­dogs for­ward Ai­den Tol­man and their part­ners when the star player was ap­proached by Nor­thies staff.

The club has been in­formed Reynolds wanted to fin­ish his drink be­fore leav­ing the venue.

Po­lice have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“Po­lice are in­quir­ing fol­low­ing a fail to quit in­ci­dent at a li­censed premises on the cor­ner of Kingsway and Elouera Rd, Cronulla,” a po­lice spokes­woman said.

“It will be al­leged a 28year- old man was asked to leave the venue due to his level of in­tox­i­ca­tion af­ter a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion with se­cu­rity. The man left the scene.

“Of­fi­cers at­tached to Mi­randa Lo­cal Area Com­mand at­tended and spoke to the man. In­quiries are con­tin­u­ing.”

It is un­der­stood po­lice have seized CCTV footage from Nor­thies and Reynolds faces a $ 550 fine if he is charged and if the fail- to- quit of­fence is proven.

The wit­ness said a male staff mem­ber also asked Reynolds to leave be­fore a se­cu­rity guard was called over.

The wit­ness claims Reynolds con­tin­ued his protest with the se­cu­rity guard, swear­ing at him as he tried to usher Reynolds out.

Fe­male mem­bers Reynolds’ group left venue.

“All the girl­friends of the play­ers started walk­ing out,” the wit­ness said.

The wit­ness also stressed those ac­com­pa­ny­ing Reynolds, un­der­stood to in­clude at least one other Bull­dogs player, were well- be­haved.

“They were what you ex­pect from nor­mal hu­man be­ings who play A- grade foot­ball,” the wit­ness said.

Out­side the ho­tel Reynolds called his fel­low player a “dog” for sid­ing with venue staff, ac­cord­ing to the wit­ness.

Po­lice ar­rived to find Reynolds had moved to nearby Sting Bar, where they caught up with him.

Reynolds has be­come the heart and soul of the Bull­dogs, where he has played since 2011, but is due to join Wests Tigers on a lu­cra­tive four- year deal in 2018.

The trou­bled Bull­dogs were thrashed 42- 12 by the Bris­bane Bron­cos at Sun­corp Sta­dium on Thurs­day, the night be­fore the Nor­thies in­ci­dent, and now sit thir­teenth on the NRL lad­der. of the

ASKED TO LEAVE: Josh Reynolds re­port­edly ar­gued with pub staff.

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