Back in 2009, former Warrington Wolves star Stuart Reardon was given a 12-week suspended sentence at Bradford magistrates’ court.
That was down to the fact that he admitted assaulting his estranged wife after finding out she was seeing another man.
After shouting at his wife and calling her insulting names, Reardon was said to have grabbed her arm “momentarily”, causing three bruises.
But, the winger and fullback – who had spells at Bradford and Salford – has revealed that the whole issue turned into a palaver at Warrington – who terminated his contract following the news of his guilty sentence.
“I did get released by Warrington, but the whole period was like a David Brent episode,” Reardon told the Physio Spill.
“I knew I was going to get sacked before they knew I knew as they kept inviting us for meetings.
“I was like I’m definitely going to be found guilty, but the club were like ‘we will keep you if you aren’t guilty but I told them I was going to plead guilty.”
Reardon believes he was made an example of and to this day the charge still has repercussions.
“I got released; I had got in a bad situation and made a bad choice, emotions had run high.
“The seriousness of the charge is battery but what I actually did is touch someone’s arm whilst I was on crutches, so I couldn’t walk.
“If I had beat anyone up I would have gone to prison and still to this day people say I beat girls up but I was made an example of.”
Reardon made 248 career appearances for six different clubs, as well as earning five caps for Great Britain and two for England.