Brisbane star Kotoni Staggs has been issued with a breach notice by the NRL’s integrity unit after a run-in with a man sparked a pub brawl last year.
The 2020 Dally M centre of the year was alleged to have verbally provoked the altercation that left a man with minor head injuries in Dubbo in November.
Staggs was not charged by police, but two friends pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.
“The NRL has issued Kotoni Staggs with a preliminary breach notice in respect of his involvement which he is currently responding to,” an NRL spokesperson said.
“The breach notice proposes a fine and that Kotoni be required to complete appropriate education and meet with the NRL CEO and integrity unit before playing in the 2021 season.”
Time is on the 22-year-old’s side though, Staggs only just returning to running after an ACL tear in the final game of the 2020 NRL season.
It was already a horror year for the breakout Broncos talent, who was involved in a catfishing episode and the subject of a sex tape that was illegally shared.
Touted for NSW State of Origin duties before his injury, Staggs had also chosen to test the market for 2022 rather than take up an option in his favour with Brisbane.
The breach notice continues Kevin Walters’ rocky start to his coaching tenure at the club after boom forward Payne Haas was arrested earlier this month for allegedly abusing and intimidating police.
Walters had signalled his intent to lead a culture overhaul at Red Hill after the proud club sunk to their first wooden spoon in 2020.