Former NRL star arrested and charged

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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