Troubled NRL player loses contract over violent New York incident

Troubled NRL player Matthew Lodge has been arrested for assault and intimidation in New York.

The 20-year-old Wests Tigers forward remains in police custody after he allegedly followed two women home and told them ‘this is the night that you die’.

Lodge is also alleged to have assaulted a man who came to the women’s aid and damaged an apartment.


Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe confirmed the club had torn up Lodge’s contract as a result of the incident.

“The club is incredibly disappointed to learn that Matthew Lodge has been charged by police while overseas on holiday,” Mr Pascoe said.

“We have since made the decision to terminate Lodge’s playing contract with Wests Tigers, effective immediately.”

Lodge, who was stood down by the Tigers over domestic violence allegations just months ago, was charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, assault and menacing.