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Bronco facing NRL probe into ‘drunken’ hotel incident

Email Broncos player James Roberts facing NRL probe into 'drunken' hotel incident By Francis Tapim

Posted August 17, 2016 18:18:44

Photo: Broncos centre James Roberts allegedly tussled with Normanby Hotel security. (AAP: Paul Miller) Map: Brisbane 4000

The NRL's integrity unit will investigate a drunken incident allegedly involving Brisbane Broncos player James Roberts.

The 23-year-old centre reportedly abused a woman after being refused service at Brisbane's Normanby Hotel on Sunday night and had to be restrained by security guards.

It is understood Roberts lost consciousness during his tussle with hotel security.

An ambulance spokesman confirmed paramedics were called to the hotel to treat an unconscious patron.

But by the time they arrived no-one required medical treatment.

The Normanby Hotel in inner Brisbane is a popular drinking spot with the city's sporting personalities.

A spokesman for the hotel would not comment on the incident.

In a statement, Broncos chief executive Paul White said the club became aware of "a rumour" involving a player on Tuesday, and confirmed it had been referred to the integrity unit.

"No complaint has been made to the club by either the police or a member of the public," he said.

"As per protocol, the club passed the matter on to the integrity unit and will now work with them to ascertain the facts."

It is not the first time Roberts has been embroiled in controversy, with alcohol-related incidents prompting his sacking from previous clubs South Sydney and Penrith.

Roberts trained with the team this morning but it is unclear if he will play in tomorrow night's game against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Topics: rugby-league, nrl, sport, brisbane-4000

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