Just one day after Sydney Roosters player Shaun Kenny-Dowall was hit with drugs charges, the NRL has been hit by another scandal.
Cronulla Sharks chairman Damian Keogh, who is a former Olympic basketballer and father of four, has stepped aside after being arrested for cocaine possession.
The club, which only last season celebrated their most successful year in the league with their maiden premiership, has released a statement acknowledging the move.
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“Our Club advises that Chairman Damian Keogh has stepped aside in his role to allow him to address allegations of possession of an illegal substance,” the statement on the Sharks’ website reads.
“Given the challenging personal nature of this matter, Damian is not currently available for comment.
“Club CEO Lyall Gorman will be addressing the media later today.”
Police have confirmed, a 55-year-old man was searched at a licensed premises on Bourke Street in Woolloomooloo at about 7.50pm on Friday.
They allegedly found a small resealable bag containing a quantity of white powder believed to be cocaine.
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He is due to face court on June 30, a week after Kenny-Dowall faces the music.
The New Zealand international was arrested at the Ivy nightclub about 1am on Friday after allegedly also being caught in possession a small amount of cocaine.
The Roosters and NRL integrity unit are investigating that incident.