It’s fair to say that former Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm star Curtis Scott has been in the public eye for all the wrong reasons during his career.
His latest alleged indiscretion, however, ended his top flight career in the NRL, with Scott being arrested as he got ready to take to the training field with the Parramatta Eels who had been willing to give the winger/centre one last shot at redemption.
However, after appearing in court over the weekend, a return to the sport now looks almost impossible with Scott charged with allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend.
“Clubless and fighting to resurrect his career, Curtis Scott is the first to admit there were tough times in his two-year relationship with Tay-Leigha Clark but he denies ever landing a hand on the athlete and social media star,” Channel 9 reporter Tiffiny Genders said.
“Scott is accused of grabbing Clark by the throat after the Storm’s 2018 grand final loss. Later that month it’s alleged he placed his hand around his girlfriends’ neck before headbutting and pushing her into the wall.
“On Christmas and Boxing Day it is alleged the Melbourne player pushed and pinned her down and choked her with the collar of her pyjamas.
“Later on a holiday Scott allegedly bit Clark before shoulder charging her and when the couple broke up, Scott drove his car into a tree allegedly calling his ex threatening ‘I’m going to f****g kill you c**t.'”
Scott has pleaded not guilty to the charges, with defence barrister Slade Howell pointing to the rocky relationship the pair had together.
“It is firmly disputed, however, that during any of these arguments, or during any other argument during the relationship, (Scott) physically assaulted, strangled or threatened to kill the complainant,” barrister Slade Howell said on Monday.
“At no stage did he ever do any of these things.”
Mr Howell went on to tell the court: “The complainant was an aspiring athlete and social media influencer based in Brisbane and Sydney.”
“The accused was a professional rugby league player based in Melbourne … the relationship seems to have been a somewhat tumultuous one.
“The couple argued – it was fuelled on both sides by immaturity and feelings of insecurity and jealousy.”