The Knights boss breaks his silence after superstar Kalyn Ponga was caught on video being thrown out of a toilet cubicle with teammate Kurt Mann, while two other Newcastle stars are punished.
- Knights director of football Peter Parr spoke to the media Tuesday morning.
- The confirmed incident with Ponga and Kurt Mann is now under investigation.
- The club will act accordingly once the NRL Integrity Unit completes its investigation.
- Ponga and Mann asked to leave a pub after they were caught together in a cubicle
Newcastle Knights’ newly appointed director of football Peter Parr has admitted being asked by star fullback Kalyn Ponga to leave a toilet cubicle with team-mate Kurt Mann “doesn’t look good”.
Parr broke his silence on the matter on Tuesday morning and confirmed that the Newcastle pub incident on Saturday night is being investigated by the NRL’s Integrity Unit.
He stressed that it was important for the club to allow the process to be completed before handing down possible punishments to the two players.
Knights team-mates Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann asked to leave a pub after they were caught together in a bathroom stall in Newcastle on Saturday.
The Knights’ new director of football, Peter Parr (pictured with the late Paul Green), has admitted he ‘doesn’t look good’
Ponga is the club’s co-captain and comfortably its highest-paid player.
“It’s not a good look, but all the facts are not established,” Parr said.
“We will cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit and let the process run its course.”
In another example of poor club culture, Bradman Best and Enari Tuala were eliminated from the NSW Cup this weekend.
Both were late for the team bus on Sunday morning after the Brisbane Broncos defeated them 28-10 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
“They weren’t late for long,” Parr said. “But they didn’t meet the necessary standards.”
Parr is also expected to read the riot act to the entire NRL squad following revelations that some players are late for training and not wearing club gear at all times.
Ponga bought a house in Merewether, a suburb of Newcastle, on Saturday afternoon after bidding $2.4 million at auction.
According to News Corp, Ponga will face intense questioning from the Knights’ board, after he reportedly “drank himself dumbfounded” at the watering hole.
It doesn’t look good, especially in public, with the Knights struggling to avoid the wooden spoon and Ponga only racking up 14 appearances this season.