NRL Players in hot water

Tom

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Disgraced NRL star Ben Barba has been sentenced to community service, after pleading guilty to public nuisance over a heated argument with his partner at the Townsville Casino in January.

The Mackay Magistrates Court was told the 29-year-old grabbed his partner of 16 years by the throat, pinned her against a wall and charged her to the ground at the Ville Casino in Townsville, on Australia Day.

The court was also told he used a shoe to hit her in the head and threw rocks near her when she tried to walk into swamp land near the staff carpark of the venue.

The incident lasted for more than half an hour, but she did not press charges.

The court heard as a result of the incident, Barba was banned from the NRL and all levels of rugby league, and a potentially lucrative contact to play Super League in the UK had also been suspended.

The Dally M medallist pleaded guilty to two counts of public nuisance, as well as obstructing police in an unrelated incident at his parent's home in East Mackay earlier this month.

Police body camera vision from the incident showed a heavily intoxicated Barba acting aggressively, and swearing at police, calling them rapists and racists.

He also accused them of assaulting him and pushing him down the stairs.

Outside court, Barba said he was embarrassed by the incident, and conceded he would never play rugby league again.

"I'm hoping I never have to go through this again.

"I just want to get on with life now and enjoy what's next and what I can control."

His lawyer said Barba accepted that his behaviour was "abhorrent" and he was extremely remorseful.

In sentencing Barba to 150 hours of community service, Acting Magistrate John Smith said he acknowledged the talented footballer had lost millions of dollars in earnings after being banned from playing over the incident.

"You have suffered one enormous penalty as a result of this. You have the loss of a sport, and lost millions in prospective employment," Magistrate Smith said.

He said the order would give Barba the chance to give something back to the community.

No conviction was recorded.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-28/nrl-ben-barba-sentence-to-community-service-casino-incident/11156220
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Tom

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The Cowboys players that just stood there and did nothing while he tormented and abused his GF for half an hour were cowards. Teammate or not, he needed a good solid backhand to put him to sleep.
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lol the old man is also an enabler, along with the GF.
 
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Morkel

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Unfortunately that's the reality, especially in a place like Mackay. There is a deep-seated distrust between indigenous people and the authorities, and unfortunately neither party is completely blameless.

All I can say is thank **** for body cameras. Barba twice takes a dive, and without the cameras it would be his word against the Officers'. And even if he's flat out lying, it would become "truth" to his fellow indigenous people and would feed in to the claims of constant police brutality. There's just no winners in this situation.
 

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I wonder if the police would have been so patient if it wasn't Ben Barba.

But those attempts at dives.. It was laughable. I don't think I could blame mental health issues, I think he's just one of those people that's just an absolute fuckwit of a person.
 

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I don't think I could blame mental health issues, I think he's just one of those people that's just an absolute fuckwit of a person.
Alcoholism & mental illness generally go hand in hand, each feeding off the other until it spirals out of control. Throw in the other substance abuse that Barba's been caught doing, and you've got a good old fashion concoction of mental instability.

With that being said, I don't empathise with Barba at all, he's a legitimate ****. And judging by that video it looks like his whole family is enabling him, especially his father.
 

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I wonder if the police would have been so patient if it wasn't Ben Barba.

But those attempts at dives.. It was laughable. I don't think I could blame mental health issues, I think he's just one of those people that's just an absolute fuckwit of a person.
Runs in his family...
 

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Alcoholism & mental illness generally go hand in hand, each feeding off the other until it spirals out of control. Throw in the other substance abuse that Barba's been caught doing, and you've got a good old fashion concoction of mental instability.

With that being said, I don't empathise with Barba at all, he's a legitimate ****. And judging by that video it looks like his whole family is enabling him, especially his father.
I know it's reasonably new to the world, but it might be time to stop finding excuses for these dickheads.
 

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I know it's reasonably new to the world, but it might be time to stop finding excuses for these dickheads.
I don't think anyone has made an excuse for him. It's been clearly stated the reasons why he behaves in the way he does, but that doesn't excuse his actions. It might if he attempted to change his ways, but he just doesn't and I doubt he ever will.
 

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I don't think anyone has made an excuse for him. It's been clearly stated the reasons why he behaves in the way he does, but that doesn't excuse his actions. It might if he attempted to change his ways, but he just doesn't and I doubt he ever will.
Not just him. But plenty of people are jumping to mental condition. His mental condition is he's just a fucking cockhead.
 

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Not just him. But plenty of people are jumping to mental condition. His mental condition is he's just a fucking cockhead.
I cannot handle this 'whitey done us wrong' victim mentality. It's fucking neverending, it's like it won't matter how much time passes, how many generations go by this 'poor me' shit keeps going. I can imagine how frustrating it is for our coppers, every single time these indigenous people have/ cause/ involved in a situation and regular as clockwork, out comes the racism card. Even if they have aboriginal officers they get called 'white' as an insult or uncle tom's.
 

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I think the NRL needs to look at getting some kind of PTSD type counseling for these guys who come out of some of the foster care system. GI, James Roberts, Staggs, Ramien, Segeyaro etc etc. Obviously they've seen some very upsetting stuff as young kids to be put into these homes and brought through to be footy super starsr. From one extreme of society to another. The stuff they have to deal with is obviously driving them to substance abuse etc.

I'm not sure if Barba falls into this category of the foster system.. But someone needs to do something for these kids, preferably before they turn 30 and the brain starts to deteriorate and anxiety starts to take hold.
 

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I cannot handle this 'whitey done us wrong' victim mentality. It's fucking neverending, it's like it won't matter how much time passes, how many generations go by this 'poor me' shit keeps going. I can imagine how frustrating it is for our coppers, every single time these indigenous people have/ cause/ involved in a situation and regular as clockwork, out comes the racism card. Even if they have aboriginal officers they get called 'white' as an insult or uncle tom's.
I used to work in Mackay and I can tell you that Barba’s behaviour is typical of the environment he grew up in.

The broader Barba family are no strangers to these types of issues, however because a subset of them have a significant degree of success in NRL / Q-Cup, the attitude problems have become magnified as they appear to feel they are ‘above’ getting involved with the law, despite the stuff we see in the BWC footage in that article being far from rare...

And the typical response is to attempt to blame the ‘racist’ coppers. Not drink, drugs, mental health, anger management issues or (heaven forbid) themselves for their own behaviour...

It’s all the whallopers fault...
 
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