NRL players caught up in Canberra drug bust
THE NRL has been rocked by another drugs scandal following allegations Kiwi Test stars Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor purchased cocaine after last night's Anzac Test.
The NRL integrity unit is set to begin investigations into explosive claims Storm prop Bromwich and Titans co-captain Proctor dabbled in drugs after the Kiwis' 30-12 loss to Australia last night.
A Canberra man has appeared in court today after allegedly selling cocaine to two high-profile rugby league players after the Anzac Test.
Kiwis captain Bromwich and back-rower Proctor allegedly joined Canberra man Adrian Mark Crowther in Canberra's city centre.
The court heard police observed Crowther on CCTV video preparing a white powder on his phone, before handing it to Bromwich and Proctor, who rolled up bank notes and consumed the substance.
While both players were named in court, neither has been charged with an offence.
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley was stunned by the revelations when contacted today by The Courier-Mail.
"I've only just been notified of this," Annesley said. "The information we have at this stage is very sketchy.
"I've been in touch with the NRL integrity unit and I am awaiting more information on this alleged incident. I have no further comment at this stage."
Proctor only joined the Titans this season after a successful stint at the Storm, where he won a premiership with Bromwich.
The Kiwi back-rower was appointed Titans co-captain in February but could be stripped of the leadership role if allegations of purchasing cocaine are proven.
The development comes just hours after Cronulla Chairman Damian Keogh stood down today over allegations of drug possession in a dark day for rugby league.
Storm took to their social media channels to make a brief statement.
"Melbourne Storm is aware of an allegation against one of its players. The Club is currently making endeavours to speak to the player and the NRL and will provide an update when appropriate.
"Until that point, the Club will not make further comment."
Melbourne Storm is aware of an allegation against one of its players. The Club is currently making endeavours to speak to the player (1/2)— Melbourne Storm (@storm) May 6, 2017
The NRL released a statement on Saturday afternoon saying the Integrity Unit would work with "all the parties involved to understand the nature of the allegations and what consequences may flow under the NRL rules if the allegations are determined to be accurate."
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said: "The game has taken steps over many years to highlight the risks associated with the use of illicit drugs.
"We will continue that work but ultimately individuals are accountable for their own choices, and the League's capacity to eliminate the use of illicit drugs by its participants faces similar challenges to that faced by society."