Reynolds in boozy pub incident
NRL star Josh Reynolds is at the centre of the code's newest booze scandal after allegedly arguing with nightclub staff and fellow players during a night out on Friday.
Police were called after a female staff member first tried to eject the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs five-eighth while in the main bar at Northies Cronulla Hotel just after 11.30pm.
One witness, who did not wish to be named, said Reynolds thought the woman was a fan trying to get his attention when in fact she was urging him to leave the venue because he had drunk too much.
"This guy was just out of line, his own players were trying to get him out of the place ... he kept pushing them away,” the witness claimed.
Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle said the club had been told Reynolds was out with Bulldogs forward Aiden Tolman and their partners when the star player was approached by Northies staff.
The club has been informed Reynolds wanted to finish his drink before leaving the venue.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.
"Police are inquiring following a fail to quit incident at a licenced premises on the corner of Kingsway and Elouera Rd, Cronulla,” a police spokeswoman said.
"It will be alleged a 28-year-old man was asked to leave the venue due to his level of intoxication after a verbal altercation with security. The man left the scene.
"Officers attached to Miranda Local Area Command attended and spoke to the man. Inquiries are continuing.”
It is understood police have seized CCTV footage from Northies and Reynolds faces a $550 fine if he is charged and if the fail-to-quit offence is proven.
The witness said a male staff member also asked Reynolds to leave before a security guard was called over.
The witness claims Reynolds continued his protest with the security guard, swearing at him as he tried to usher Reynolds out.
Female members of Reynolds' group left the venue.
"All the girlfriends of the players started walking out,” the witness said.
The witness also stressed those accompanying Reynolds, understood to include at least one other Bulldogs player, were well-behaved.
"They were what you expect from normal human beings who play A-grade football,” the witness said.
Outside the hotel Reynolds called his fellow player a "dog” for siding with venue staff, according to the witness.
Police arrived to find Reynolds had moved to nearby Sting Bar, where they caught up with him.
Reynolds has become the heart and soul of the Bulldogs, where he has played since 2011, but is due to join Wests Tigers on a lucrative four-year deal in 2018.
The troubled Bulldogs were thrashed 42-12 by the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday, the night before the Northies incident, and now sit thirteenth on the NRL ladder.