Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

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Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by josie andrews » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:01 am

North Queensland have terminated the contract of Ben Barba after allegations he physically assaulted his partner at a Townsville Casino on Australia Day.

NRL.com understands Barba was captured on CCTV footage and also spotted by several witnesses, with Townsville police now investigating the matter.

The Cowboys sacked Barba on Friday night.

Cowboys chairman Laurence Lancini said: "When a player joins the North Queensland Cowboys he agrees to abide by the terms of the contract.

"After an internal investigation, it has been determined that this player has acted in contradiction to both the terms and the spirit of that agreement. Accordingly, the club has terminated his contract and has informed the NRL's Integrity Unit."

Barba was attempting to revive his career in the NRL after a stint in the Super League following his sacking by Cronulla after the 2016 grand final win for a second positive drug test.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/02/01/ben ... d-cowboys/
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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by josie andrews » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:02 am

Not took him long!
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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by Wintergreen » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:27 am

Some people?

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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by First Try Tickle » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:29 am

He'll sign for Warrington.

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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by ancientnloyal » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:04 am

He kept his head clean at st Helens! How? Haha

Imagine him in wigan in the halves!

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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by fozzieskem » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:39 am

It didn’t take long did it

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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by OAMJSONA » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:35 pm

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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by Mike » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:52 pm

Don't think wilkin liked him. He basically accused him of only being interested in games they were already going to win and going missing when it got tough. I.e. the whole second half of the season!

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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by josie andrews » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:07 pm

NRL threatens Ben Barba with life ban after alleged assault of his partner

Ben Barba will be banned for life by the NRL if domestic violence allegations are proven.

The former Dally M winner was sacked by North Queensland on Friday after club officials viewed CCTV footage of an incident at a Townsville casino on the Australia Day weekend.

Barba is alleged to have assaulted his partner and mother of his four children, Ainslie Currie, and is being investigated by police.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said the game would refuse to register any future contract if he was found guilty.

"We have run out of patience and tolerance for misbehaviour off the field," Greenberg said on Saturday

"Violence against women is the very top of that list. If you're violent against a woman you can expect to be removed from the game. It starts now.

"The Cowboys have acted quickly and decisively to terminate Ben Barba's contract. That's a club showing the leadership that's required.

"I haven't seen the footage as yet but if it shows violence towards a woman then really there's no debate. Ben Barba will be out of the NRL immediately and I can't see him ever returning."

The 29-year-old was already on his last chance after being forced out of the game in 2016 after recording his second illicit drugs strike following Cronulla's premiership win.

He was forced over to French rugby union and the English Super League before being thrown a lifeline by the Cowboys.

Barba will depart the Townsville club without playing a game as the NRL's horror off-season continued.

It's yet another troubling look for the code, with Jarryd Hayne, Jack de Belin, Zane Musgrove, Liam Coleman, and Dylan Walker also facing charges of serious offences against women.

Should those players be found guilty, the precedent set by the NRL on Saturday will have ramifications for them.

Greenberg said the commission had drawn a line in the sand and was frustrated that previous sanctions had not affected player behaviour.

"It's disgraceful and we can't do anything other than protect the game," Greenberg said.

"That's what we will do. I called this out several weeks ago. I said that don't look behind us and what sanctions have been applied, only look in front.

'We're going to get tougher, we're going to get tougher and get tougher on this sort of stuff because we must protect the game. It's exactly what we're doing on the first opportunity to do so."

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/11 ... rtner?rm=m
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Re: Ben Barba sacked by Cowboys, facing assault allegation

Post by josie andrews » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:01 am

CCTV confirms Barba altercation

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has confirmed Ben Barba has been deregistered by the NRL after the game’s integrity unit viewed CCTV footage of an alleged incident involving his partner.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/02/05/cct ... tercation/
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