Former NRL star Ben Barba has found himself in trouble with the law after he was arrested and charged for an alleged assault.
The 2012 Dally M Medal winner was arrested on Friday after allegedly assaulting a man at a Mackay Pub, The Courier Mail reported.
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Barba is said to have punched his wife Ainslie Currie’s brother in the face and was reportedly charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
29-year-old Barba was sacked by the Cowboys in February, 2019 without playing a game over allegations he was violent towards his partner in an Australia Day incident.
Ms Currie did not press charges.
The NRL gave the father of four a lifetime ban after viewing CCTV footage of the incident outside the casino.
Barba leaves court in May 2019.Source:News Corp Australia
Police allege Barba threw rocks at Currie, who is the mother of their four children.
The incident resulted in the Cowboys ripping up Barba’s contract, reportedly worth $300,000 for the 2019 season. The NRL then deregistered him in a move that prohibited any rival clubs from trying to sign the speedster.
He plead guilty to two counts of public nuisance in May for that incident at a Townsville casino.
Barba won the NRL premiership in 2016 as a member of the Cronulla Sharks, but was then banned for 12 weeks by the NRL for testing positive to cocaine.
— with AAP
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