Young Sharks duo cleared of wrongdoing

Young Sharks duo cleared of wrongdoing Written by STAFF WRITERS, March 8, 2016

SHARKS duo Jack Bird and Valentine Holmes have no case to answer following an incident at an eastern suburbs establishment on Sunday night.

The young guns were at Coogee Pavilion when they were allegedly assaulted by a patron.

Cronulla CEO Lyall Gorman fronted the media on Tuesday to confirm the pair have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the altercation.

“We’ve conducted extensive interviews with the venue, police, the players themselves and reviewed CCTV footage,” Gorman said. “We can clearly say the players have nothing to answer for.

“From the outset there were no allegations against our players. Indeed they came under severe provocation, didn’t retaliate and were allegedly struck by an agitated patron in that venue who was removed by security.

“Our players left the venue at their own volition.”

Gorman said it was imperative that the NRL clubs and the game’s governing body continue to educate their players about possible confrontations when they’re out in public.

“I think what this highlights is the challenges that professional sportspeople face in these sorts of environments,” he said. “And our obligations as both the club and the game to continue to work with our players to skill them to handle such situation as they arise.”

“We’re very comfortable with our players’ integrity around this matter, they’ve been very transparent with us, the venue has been incredibly supportive, police have been open with usĀ  – we know the police will continue to investigate the behaviour of the patron involved.”

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