NRL legend pleads guilty to common assault after punching security guard

Unfortunately, the NRL is having a lot of run ins with courts at present.

One player’s ex-wife is facing three years in prison after allegedly sharing revenge porn to a third party.

New Zealand Warriors star Joshua Curran has pleaded not guilty to assault charges picked up during the NRL Grand Final.

Luciano Leilua was dropped from the Samoa squad ahead of the Rugby League World Cup opening the door for Hull FC star Ligi Sao to take his place and go on to play in the World Cup Final against Australia.

This came after Leilua was subject to the NRL’s stand down protocol after domestic violence charges but in a bizarre twist he has since gotten engaged to the woman he is accused of assaulting and it is reported that she does not want the trial to go ahead.

Former Wigan Warriors and NRL star Brett Finch meanwhile has been sentenced for making child abuse material available via a carriage service online.

Now South Sydney Rabbitohs legend Nathan Merritt has pleaded guilty to common assault after he reportedly punched a security guard who was trying to help him home after what the Daily Mail describes as “a drinking session.”

According to the Mail this is what the court documents showed:

“The 39-year-old was drinking in the gaming room of the Earlwood Hotel in Sydney’s inner south on September 25 when security guard Tandeep Singh saw he was drunk at around 2am and told staff to stop serving him.

“Merritt left but returned at around 5.30am and asked Singh to call his father so he could pick him up. When the call went unanswered, the guard arranged for a taxi.

“When Singh told him the pub was about to close, the former Rabbitohs winger confronted the guard and struck him in the head with his right fist, according to agreed facts of the incident.

“Merritt repeatedly punched the guard while he was drunk. His lawyer told the court it was ‘pure luck’ nobody was seriously hurt in the attack

“The attack continued and Singh suffered ‘immediate pain’ and was ‘punched in the head about six times over a 30-second period’, the agreed facts state.”

Merrit started his career with Souths before a stint with Cronulla prior to returning to Souths but missed out on the 2014 Grand Final in his final season as the Bunnies won the title thanks to a Sam Burgess inspired performance.

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