BREAKING NEWS: NRL ‘Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann drug test’ after THIS toilet cubicle video after bizarre explanation from Newcastle Knights captain’s father
- Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann would have been tested for doping by the NRL
- The pair of knights were spotted emerging from a toilet cubicle over the weekend
- News Corp claims both stars underwent drug tests on Tuesday
- The pair won little favor with their ‘fairytale’ excuse after the video emerged
Kalyn Ponga and his Newcastle Knights team-mate Kurt Mann have reportedly been tested for doping by the NRL after being thrown from a toilet cubicle over the weekend.
According to News Corp’s Paul Kent via Fox Sportsthe pair was tested on Tuesday, although the results will remain confidential.
“The NRL has followed up on its ongoing investigation into the two Newcastle players Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann,” Kent told NRL 360.
“The NRL sent their drug testers there today as part of the illicit and dangerous drugs policy and both players underwent drug tests today (Tuesday).
“It’s confidential at this time and the results will be confidential.” But it is clear that the NRL is acting on the evidence it has already received.
“It’s an illegal drug test. I don’t think it improves performance. I think these are social drugs.
Kalyn Ponga reportedly tested for drugs by NRL following toilet cubicle video
Ponga and his teammate Kurt Mann took drug tests on Tuesday morning, according to News Corp.
“We all draw our own conclusions about what was going on in the cabin and the NRL today reacted responsibly to this and sent their drug testers there to see if there were any social drugs involved. .”
Ponga signed a multi-million dollar contract extension with the club earlier this year and his father claimed the duo were in the cabin because he felt ill after a night of drinking in a pub in Newcastle and Mann accompanied him to check on his well-being.
Key questions to be answered from the Kalyn Ponga toilet cubicle saga:
1. Why would security ask a sick man to leave the bathroom?
2. Why would a companion also be needed in the cabin while someone else was sick?
3. Why would the two men bring their drinks into a bathroom stall?
4. Why would a security guard say, “Oh, that’s a surprise” to a man who just got sick in the bathroom, rather than, “Are you okay?” »
That explanation has been called a “fairy tale” and the $1.2million star has been compared to “Pinocchio” by fans and pundits alike, with Ponga now at risk of losing his status as Knights co-captain.
Regardless of the drug test result, Ponga is out for the season with a concussion and his visit to the pub is unlikely to win favor with club bosses.
In the short clip that surfaced on Monday, Ponga and Mann are asked out of the cabin. The two men then leave, bourbon and coke still in hand.
“Oh, that’s a surprise,” the security guard can be heard saying as the two soccer players walk past.
Ponga’s father, Andre, offered an innocent explanation, telling News Corp that the crewmates were together in the cabin because his son was sick.
“He (Kalyn) had an exciting house purchase on Saturday and celebrated with a few drinking buddies,” he said.
“(He was) sick in the toilet and his companion (Mann) came in to help him.”
It wasn’t cleared with Fox League reporter James Hooper, who said: “You might have to bring out Pinocchio, we don’t believe in that fairy tale do we?”
Co-host Braith Anasta pointed out that “you don’t often go to the bathroom with a mate to vomit”, Hooper adding that the sequence is a “bad scene”.
Speaking on Triple M radio, St George Illawarra stalwart Aaron Woods weighed in, pointing out Ponga and Mann could face severe punishment after the club set a precedent by dismissing Knights first rower David Klemmer for a match after abusing coach Hayden Knowles.
“Remember (last week) the stench they put out about Klemmer swearing at the coach,” Woods said.
“What will they do this week about two players on beers when they should be home?”
Woods added to Ponga that drinking while recovering from a series of concussions is the “worst thing” for his recovery, while Mann is out of action with a soft tissue injury.
The forward-rowing veteran also said that if Ponga had done nothing wrong, he shouldn’t lose his status as the club’s co-captain.