Biden FINALLY announces COVID vaccine requirement for travelers to US will be Have scientists finally created a jab to keep ALL flu strains at bay? Bulldogs players handed breach notices as Thurston walks, Follow our live blog for the latest from the Met Gala, Catch up with The Loop, your quick wrap of this morning's news, Keep up with the latest ASX and business news. In an extensive interview with ESPN's College GameDay in 2019, Ruggs said he wouldn't be playing football if it weren't for Scott. Komazec has come to the area late at night for more than half a year now, when a memorial was across the street, when someone wrote in chalk, "DEPORT THE RAIDERS.". I remember being in an airport with the team and everyone was looked at differently a look of, Hang on a sec, is that one of them, could that be one of the guilty guys?. US tech billionaire's son Matt Baszucki found the low-carb/high Could a hormone spray reignite your love life? "And then I remembered when I lost loved ones, the most important thing to me was the people who just showed up. That's the thing -- why would you be two[-faced]?". She wasnt impressed, he said. In 2009, former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after he struck and killed a construction worker, Mario Reyes, in Miami Beach, Florida. Ryan, El Masri and many of their teammates remain angry over how the Bulldogs were treated by the media - especially when it comes to three instances of what he calls 'ridiculous' reporting - and they're backed by Glen Pearce, one of the lead detectives on the Coffs Harbour case. But Adams somehow managed to doze off again. "Looking back now, I can see how distasteful and disrespectful it was. This is not acceptable, what's going on.' In 1997 a Bulldogs player apparently urinated on the leg of a make-up artist who was doing his face in preparation for a television advertisement. Know that they weren't alone. October 22nd, 2018 7:08 am. For the female it would be way too much work. "Think of Kenzli.". By PETER JESSUPJust a week before the rugby league season opens, the code is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.At the centre of the storm across the Tasman are the Canterbury Bulldogs - for the second season in a row starting their season with a sex scandal.A woman's allegations of gang rape have prompted police and National Rugby League investigations that call into question the standards and morals of a code under siege.For the Bulldogs, it has probably ended their hopes on the football field - if anyone can remember football.Police are continuing to interview players and take DNA samples. Ryan and club officials say the players were at training when they found out they had to attend the interviews and simply didn't have a chance to change, describing the coverage of the incident as 'laughable'. Brent was driving home from a night of partying in December 2012 when he lost control of his car and crashed, killing his Dallas teammate, Jerry Brown, in the passenger seat. Authorities say Ruggs' blood alcohol content, measured two hours after the crash, was 0.161 -- more than twice the legal limit in Nevada. Somebody got killed, he thought. He was getting ready for a game when he heard the news of the crash in Las Vegas. "I was just thinking he was somebody who feels sorry and he's going to change something," Komazec said. Anna Wintour arrives arm-in-arm with rumored beau Bill Nighy at 2023 Met Gala. After they left Topgolf, Ruggs and his girlfriend went to a friend's house, according to the police report. around the time he started braking. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. While each prior case was different, the NFL has a history of being lenient with players involved in these incidents. Obviously the victim at the time and certainly the club at the time as well. The look of love! A TMZ video shows the Corvette on the side of the road, partially on the sidewalk -- hazard lights flashing and doors ajar. Thurston condemned the group sex sessions calling it 'distasteful and disrespectful' (AAP). Doggy day-care! Thurston revealed the woman followed them back to the hotel and began screaming and knocking on the room adjacent where some of his teammates were staying. That is a matter for the courts, he said. Ruggs, a second-year receiver who was finally showing the promise that earned him the 12th overall draft pick and a $16.67 million guaranteed contract, decided to go out that night. Henry Ruggs III faces multiple felony charges stemming from his involvement in a crash that left a woman dead in Las Vegas early Tuesday. 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'The only way to get away from it [the scrutiny] for us was at home with your loved ones or on the training paddock That was our safest place to be.'. Any Questions? Shortly after their basketball team was eliminated from the postseason, Scott and Ruggs planned a trip to Birmingham to cheer for their friends in the state finals. And yet the allegation just stuck there,' he says. I want to change something. Leone went to his backyard, where he could see the street. Most have co-operated, via their lawyers, but star wing Hazem El Masri has refused and may be summonsed to provide an interview and sample.His objection is that he doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't take drugs or commit adultery and was insulted at being involved in the allegation of pack rape made by a 20-year-old Coffs Harbour woman.The police had told him he was not a suspect, not among the six players named by the victim or among others thought to have been in the pool area of the Pacific Bay Resort hotel early on February 22, when the alleged assault took place.The woman was found by a hotel maintenance worker at 7am, lying in a foetal position on grass near the pool, screaming and swearing.A taxi driver has told police that just two hours earlier he drove the woman and one Bulldogs player, whom she was obviously keen on, from the Plantation nightclub to the hotel and that she was obviously in good spirits at that stage.There seems no doubt that some criminal charges will follow.In addition, one player has clearly broken the club's code of conduct, which precludes bringing women back to the team hotel.Bulldogs chairman George Peponis has said any player found to have breached that code will be stood down.But legal advice was that the club could not act immediately because that might prejudice a fair trial for any player subsequently charged.It will be easy for the Dogs to shunt that player out as the sacrificial lamb; much harder to tackle the culture of arrogant dismissal of community standards the club has maintained, its unspoken assumption that it stands above the laws of the land.Just as the salary cap rort of 2002 made mugs of those NRL clubs that did stick to the player payment cap, so the assault by the as-yet-unidentified players is a major "dissing" of their team-mates.Any suggestion of this being a team bonding session, some kind of rite of initiation, is bizarre at best. March 22: Steve Mortimer resigns as Bulldogs CEO. His blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the crash and Ruggs had a loaded firearm in his vehicle. Can I put my subscription or membership on hold? Under Nevada law, Ruggs would not be eligible for probation if he's convicted, and faces between two and 20 years in prison. Editor's note: Wednesday marks one year since Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fatal car crash that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor in Las Vegas. Controversial NHS Tavistock transgender clinic is threatened with court action by watchdog after failing to Do not sell or share my personal information. Raiders owner Mark Davis attended the funeral, and Komazec thought it was a nice gesture. By midday news had broken of the accusation made against between three and six players in the early hours of the morning. He compiled 266 total tackles, 87.5 sacks and 33 forced fumbles over the course of his career. April 1: Police give a brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Similarly, the code on Thursday stood down Dylan Walker over domestic violence charges as part of a controversial new crackdown on off-field behaviour. Johnathan Thurston says Canterbury Bulldogs players could not defend themselves amid gang-rape allegations, Follow our live blog for the latest from the Met Gala, Catch up with The Loop, your quick wrap of this morning's news, Keep up with the latest ASX and business news. We had broken team rules and it was very seriously allegations, the former Bulldog told 60 Minutes. Former Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan with wife Olivia. Ruggs was taken to University Medical Center, where, according to a police report, an officer noticed Ruggs' speech was slurred. If you subscribe directly with us you will also get access to our News+ Network which is made up of some of our most popular news sites, like. Almost 15 years later, despite being innocent, the stain still remains for the players, but their memories of that year aren't all bad. 'Someone [in the police force] leaked a document to Ray and the information wasn't tested at all it's purely based on what she said and as time went on it was proved that what she was saying was rubbish it basically put fuel on the fire.'. Britain's rock solid support for the Royal Family: With Charles' Coronation just four days way, a major poll LORD ASHCROFT: The monarchy has to change, but the King has time and goodwill on his side. The opportunity to boost their skills comes ahead of the representative season. Up and coming Coffs Coast footballers are off to Tamworth for a four-day regional players camp. In his memoir, Thurston says he wasnt shocked by the group sex at the time, but now he sees things differently. He was charged with multiple felonies, including driving under the influence resulting in death and reckless driving, and was put on house arrest, with alcohol and location electronic monitoring devices. A hotel worker later told police he saw the woman having sex with one player in the hotel's pool area and the sex appeared to be consensual. Prior to his move to the Cowboys, Thurston had made his NRL debut in Canterbury colours halfway through the 2002 season, before helping the Bulldogs to the 2004 title. My wife was pregnant at the time, and some of the questions she was asked about it, it was a very stressful time'. To upgrade, call 1300 MY NEWS (696 397), As a Full Digital Access or Paper Delivery + Full Digital Access Member youll get unlimited digital access to every story online, insight and analysis from our expert journalists PLUS enjoy freebies, discounts and benefits with our +Rewards loyalty program. The evidence against [the female] is very strong to the point where if this was any other matter [the female] would find herself charged. The 23-year old driver of the Toyota and her dog were both killed, police said. The Bulldogs have been approached for comment. But then he later read in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Davis said he wouldn't abandon Ruggs even though he was cut from the team. By midday, the team would hear the woman had accused three to six players of gang rape. That morning, the woman allegedly had consensual sex with one of the players near the hotels pool. JUST A FEW hours after the NFL's first-round draft picks walk the red carpet under the backdrop of the Bellagio Fountains in late April, Pedja Komazec quietly gets in his Volkswagen and makes the 3:30 a.m. journey home from work. "We have all been painted as being guilty because of the way things have eventuated. She would make the most mundane things fun -- Tintor enjoyed sifting through the chaos of the dollar aisle -- and hang out with co-workers in the parking lot for hours after the store closed. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Tina's mother cried. The accident occurred after Littles 24th birthday party and a blood test showed Little had a blood-alcohol level of .19, nearly twice the legal limit of .10 at that time. El Masri is in a unique position to speak on the code banning accused players. The lead detective on the Coffs Harbour case responded to Pearce on June 16, saying: 'I agree totally with Glen Pearce. Im not even sure I think a woman could have completely consensual sex with 6 rugby players. "That's the advice that we had been given [to keep quiet]. Ryan was the Bulldogs' captain when they won the 2004 grand final at the end of an incredibly damaging year for the club that saw a 20-year-old woman accuse players of gang-raping her after a pre-season trial. The cramped quarters, and the shared anxiety of leaving behind everything for another country, forged a deep bond within the family. Monday to Friday 7:30am 6:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:00am 11:30am (AEST), App or digital edition only customer? Catch up with The Loop, 'Until we meet in heaven': Maryborough community comes to grips with triple fatality as loved ones remembered, Perfect storm brewing for housing market and it could make buying your own home a pipedream, Celebrities arrive at the Met Gala for fashion's biggest night, Clare desperately wanted to stop drinking but she couldn't make it stick. Yamba Buccaneers Rugby Club. According to Thurstons memoir,Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography, an unnamed woman allegedlyslept with six Bulldogs players at the teams hotel on the Wednesday night. LAS VEGAS -- On the drive home from an overnight shift at Paris Casino, Pedja Komazec came upon a crash scene. Each player involved has received a letter explaining the inappropriate conduct charges, and asking them to outline why they should not be reprimanded, fined, suspended or sacked. Best Players. With brilliant halfback Steve Mortimer the linchpin, the Bulldogs as they were to be named in 1978 played a brand of football that was the envy of the Sydney Premiership. The team's hooker in 2004, Corey Hughes, was fined $10,000 by the club for becoming involved in a brawl at a racecourse that started when he was called a rapist. Komazec's family joined them a year later, and they all lived under one roof in Las Vegas for about four years. Two former Canterbury Bulldogs stars have opened up on the infamous gang rape scandal that engulfed the club in 2004 and the devastating toll it took on them and their families. The players all denied the allegations and no charges were brought. The scandal saw Bulldogs players accused of sexual assault after a night out in Coffs Harbour in 2004. High Roller, the city's famous 550-foot observation wheel, was in Ruggs' sight line. Prices after the first 12 months may be varied as per full Terms and Conditions. The Clark County coroner ruled in December that Tintor and her dog burned to death in the crash. No charges were laid against the players after a police investigation found there was insufficient evidence, but any public assumptions of their guilt went uncontested after the club advised its players not to address the incident. He wants to meet with state legislators about toughening DUI laws. He asked where Scott was, but nobody at the scene, or the hospital, would tell him. A celebrity, a football player, was involved in a crash. There were cameras everywhere you went. The North Coast Bulldogs under 16s and 18s squads were put through their paces at a skills and welfare session today. Like all clubs, it has a duty of care.These are guys in their early 20s who earn in the region of $100,000 a year for playing football. Cars whiz by the intersection. If you smiled, if you didn't smile, everything was scrutinised. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work. See www.couriermail.com.au/subscriptiontermsfor full details. The North Queensland Cowboys legend became the first member of the 2004 Bulldogs squad to open up about the incident, doing so in his new book,Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography. The Bulldogs are investigating breaches of their own code of conduct, devised in consultation with the players after allegations last year at the same resort involving three players and a woman. It will cover the Coffs Harbour allegations, new claims by the woman involved in that case that she was approached by club officials who tried to dissuade her from going to police, the allegation that a player urinated in front of media and an unrelated allegation that a Sydney Roosters player openly had sex on a Newcastle beach during a pre-season trial.That inquiry is likely to be widened to include the latest case, where two Melbourne Storm players are accused of a sexual assault.Some clubs have taken the pro-active approach. An unnamed 20-year-old slept with six of them back at the teams hotel before being spotted by Bulldogs the following night at the Plantation Hotel. 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Thurston revealed that the woman had followed the players back to their hotel and began screaming and knocking on the door asking to be let in, before being given a profanity-laced "spray" by one of his teammates. See www.couriermail.com.au/subscriptionterms for full details. They want to know where Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je'nai Kilgo-Washington, had been before the crash -- what they were doing, who they were with, where they were going and why he made the choices he did. She wasnt impressed, he wrote. Over the winter, he had commissioned an artist to paint a mural near the corner of Spring Valley and Rainbow, just a few feet from where Tintor died. March 9: Bulldogs CEO Steve Mortimer confirms sponsor Bing Lee has cancelled its agreement with the club, worth around $500,000. (Police did not conduct a field sobriety test at the site of the crash.) The North Queensland Cowboys legend became the first member of the 2004 Bulldogs squad to open up about the incident, doing so in his new book, Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography. Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman denied the request to suppress the test. If only a fraction of what is alleged to have happened is true it very much appals me".It's not about to get easier for him.The police investigation and the court case that seems sure to follow will drag the club name down for months.To make matters worse, on Tuesday the club appears in the Licensing Court to answer charges that it failed to keep proper accounts as required under the Registered Clubs Act, an action related to the laundering of money paid to players over and above the salary cap.The NRL has instituted its own inquiry. Smoke and heat from the fire caused both men to back away. In the February of that year, a 20-year-old woman filed a complaint with Coffs Harbour police alleging she'd been gang raped by a number of the Bulldogs players at a resort after a pre-season trial. Just a few hours later at midday, news had broken regarding an accusation made against "three and six players" in the early hours of the morning. You don't even have feelings.". Mirjana, Pinzon said, was wearing black. If convicted, the 23-year-old former Alabama standout faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 50 years in prison, Wolfson told reporters in November. Thurston revealed that he was "shocked and scared" to be interviewed by police in regards to the incident, and explained how his feelings towards the woman involved in the incident had changed over the years. "We would like to be able to train players, staff, fans," Otte said. It relaxes him when he knows everything is OK. Read the full extract in the Courier Mail here. "The only thing I would say about Henry is that football may have been his life," Adams said, "but his life isn't over in my eyes.". According to Thurston's account, after spotting the woman at the Plantation Hotel, he and a couple of teammates hopped in a taxi at 5am ahead of the team's 7am recovery session the next day, when the woman allegedly wanted to meet up with members of the Bulldogs squad again. Ive got four young kids and what theyll find if they Google my name, yeah, its a factor its a worry.. I wasnt a part of that. It was tough for everyone because we were gagged and we couldnt give our side of the story., *Odds are current as of 2nd May 2023, 9:37am AEST. Now hes broken his silence about the 2004 Coffs Harbour rape scandal that nearly derailed his career, before it had even begun. The gym touts itself as a premier sports facility, catering to pro-level athletes. Joe Sullivan, a manager of victim services for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has sat in a courtroom with Tintor's family during hearings over the past several months and has told them that the justice system can move slowly. She took him wherever he needed to go, and she was supposed to pick him up from work the morning she died. Other players are threatened with probation. If you smiled, if you didnt smile, everything was scrutinised. She was born premature, and endured bombings in the former Yugoslavia. "Consensual group sex, a girl sleeping with more than one NRL player at the same time, was not unusual. He played in 11 games for the Washington Football Team in 2011 and spent his last season in the NFL with New England Patriots in 2012. "That he's going to say, 'We have too many problems in the club. Please call us on 1800 070 535 and well help resolve the issue or try again later. Not in conjunction with any other offer. He'd seen how fast Ruggs could run, and how high he could jump. My wife was pregnant at the time, and some of the questions she was asked about it, it was a very stressful time. 'I remember a girl told me at a pub, "F***k off, you rapist, get out of here",'' Ryan said of the slurs Bulldogs players had to deal with.
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