The big final day of the NRL was hit by yet another drug scandal with outgoing Bulldogs forward Ofahiki Ogden charged with suspected drug possession on Saturday night.
The Sydney Morning Heraldfirst broke the news on Sunday afternoon, indicating that the Bulldogs were made aware of the incident after being contacted by Ogden’s manager.
The LNR Integrity Unit is reportedly investigating.
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In a brief statement provided to The heraldBulldogs CEO Aaron Warbuton confirmed the club were aware of the incident and “reported it all” to the integrity unit.
“We cannot comment further until we hear from them,” he added.
Ogden, alongside winger Christian Crichton, was confirmed on Saturday that he was not offered a new contract after this season.
Both players were out of contract at the end of 2021, with Ogden’s contract with the Bulldogs officially expiring after October 31.
It’s the last thing the NRL needed after a drama-filled week Storm players Cameron Munster, Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis investigated after they were caught on camera partying with what appeared to be white powder. on the table.
Just a week earlier, Warriors full-back Reece Walsh had shown up to the media to apologize after being caught in possession of cocaine.
The young gun was arrested by Queensland Police in Surfers Paradise and charged with one count of possession of a prohibited substance.
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ARL Commission President Peter V’landys addressed the The telegraph of the dayduring the week following these two incidents, defending the reputation of the game.
“I don’t believe we have a drug problem, nor what is going on in the community,” he said at the time.
“I can’t understand why players would want to put drugs in their bodies, injure their bodies and fry their brains.
“That’s why I say to the players… ‘Why would you want to risk your health and fry your brain?’ The players are part of the society and the drugs are in the community, so naturally that will translate into the rugby league as well.
“The only difference between us and the community is that our players are high level. People are more aware of it, but as a percentage it’s probably worse in the community than in the rugby league.