North Queensland recruit Ben Barba has been sacked over an incident at a Townsville casino.
North Queensland have sacked major signing Ben Barba for a breach of his NRL playing contract without playing a single game for the club. Barba was involved in an incident at a Townsville casino.
Barba was planning to return to the NRL after a three-year hiatus from the competition following a drug scandal.
The Cowboys confirmed the immediate termination of Barba’s concert in a press release on Friday evening.
In the statement, Cowboys Chairman Laurence Lancini suggested that the 29-year-old had violated the terms of his contract with the team.
“When a player agrees to join the North Queensland Cowboys he agrees to abide by the terms of the contract,” Lancini said in the statement.
“After an internal investigation, it has been determined that this player 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.”
The incident comes after he was named as the fullback for the Indigenous team for the All Stars clash on February 15.