Monday, August 10, 2009 - 8:11 PM
Source: ABC News
Representative rugby league star Greg Inglis has been charged over the alleged assault of his girlfriend. The 22-year-old Melbourne, Queensland and Kangaroos player was arrested by Victorian police at midday today over a domestic incident that occured in the early hours of Sunday morning. He has been released on bail and will face court again on Wednesday on charges of unlawful assault and recklessly causing injury.
The Melbourne Storm has stood down Inglis from all club activities pending the police investigation. Storm chief executive Brian Waldron said the centre would be out of action for an indefinite period. "The Melbourne Storm is vehemently opposed to any situation that in any way endangers the health, safety and wellbeing of any woman," he said in a statement.
"The club has taken a strong stance in the past towards behaviour of this type and will continue to do so in the future. "As such this decision is made in the best interests of all parties concerned."
Inglis is one of the most recognisable faces in the NRL, having made his Australian and Queensland debut in 2006 as a 19-year-old. He has since been part of the phenomenal Maroons backline that earlier this year claimed a record-breaking fourth-straight State of Origin series.
The incident is another blow to the NRL, which featured Inglis and Manly full-back Brett Stewart in its early season advertising campaign. When Stewart was charged with sexual assault, the NRL edited the advertisement to feature only Inglis. The livewire back was also a part of Melbourne's premiership-winning side in 2007, winning the Clive Churchill Medal for man-of-the-match, and has been a fixture in the Kangaroos side.
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