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The integrity unit of the National Rugby League has been accused of turning a blind eye to an extraordinary complaint filed over a year ago involving a star in the bathroom of the player, an injured husband who received prescription medication from a club official and the club doctor who then provided a false medical certificate

In a lengthy complaint to the NRL integrity unit, which was obtained by the Herald, one of the star players of the North Queensland Cowboys allegedly « committed a sexual act with another person (not his woman) in public toilet at one of Australia’s busiest airports « 

A North Queensland Cowboys player who was involved in a date with a woman is the subject of a complaint by the LNRC Integrity UnitCredit: Getty

The team had played an away game in mid-2018 and the players were returning to Townsville via Brisbane Airport

The husband of the woman allegedly involved in the incident lodged a complaint with the Integrity Unit via his Brisbane lawyer John Sneddon

The man was distraught and furious when he discovered a message from the star player to his wife about their bathroom appointment in the Qantas Lounge which took place on Father’s Day 2018

Alarmed by what could turn out to be a public relations nightmare, the Cowboys employee reached out to then club football manager Peter Parr for help

« By learning about our client’s knowledge of the sexual act, » M Parr gave her husband medicine « to help him cope with the shock, » M Sneddon in his complaint to the NRL, first filed in October last year

M Parr, who is currently the director of the NSW State of Origin team, admitted to the Herald that he gave the pills to husband M Parr said that on the night of September 5, the husband was at M Parr in a state of distress

M Parr denied that the tablets were his or that he knew they were Valium He claimed he had « spent the night at the doctor » to find something to help the husband sleep « They were not not mine I have no Valium in the house Panadol and cough medicine are all I have, ”he says

The husband, a long-haul truck driver, then tested positive for benzodiazepine as part of a routine workplace drug test

Dr. Chris Ball, who runs a sports clinic and is the Cowboys and National Team doctor, has come forward to claim… falsely â ???? that he had personally consulted the husband on the night of September 5, 2018

« [The husband] had been through a family crisis and was stressed and unable to sleep, » Dr Ball said in a medical certificate to be given to the husband’s employer

To explain the lack of a written prescription for the medicine, Dr Ball stated in the medical certificate that he « does not prescribe benzodiazepines » and that on this occasion « I gave [the husband] a sample of four diazepam [Valium] – tablets to aid sleep « 

On September 25, Dr Ball was contacted by a doctor on behalf of the truck driver’s employer This doctor noted the « recent prescription of benzodiazepines amid acute attack and lack of sleep » and asked further information on the husband’s « medical fitness » to continue working as a truck driver

On his Sports Clinic NQ letterhead, Dr Ball replied the same day: « I haven’t prescribed any more medication. He’s sleeping well and doesn’t need any ongoing treatment or medication. »

Guidelines issued by the Australian Medical Association state that « Doctors who willfully issue a false, misleading or inaccurate certificate could be subject to disciplinary action under the National Health Practitioner Regulation Act »

M Sneddon, whose client has never met Dr Ball, took issue with Mr. Parr that the football manager left his home late at night to go to Dr Ball’s premises to obtain medicine for her husband

M Sneddon provided the medical certificates to the NRL and informed the NRL Integrity Unit that Dr Ball was under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) medical watchdog. / p>

AHPRA and OHO said due to « confidentiality provisions » they were unable to comment to the Herald on individual matters

However, M Parr confirmed to the Herald that Dr Ball had been investigated by medical authorities and provided the regulator with an account of what happened that night Dr Ball did not respond to emails and calls from the Herald asking for comment

Looking back, said M Parr on his supply of Valium to the husband, « I wouldn’t do it again » but at the time he was facing « a very stressful situation »

The couple’s relationship never recovered and at one point the woman called the police, expressing concerns for her safety and that of the player, following her husband’s discovery of the case No charges have been laid

M Parr, who was recently appointed to the Cowboys board after stepping down as team principal, admitted that he and Dr Ball should have informed the Integrity Unit of the investigation by Queensland medical authorities

Registered NRL personnel have an obligation to report facts that may discredit gambling Since engaging in a sexual act in a public toilet is a potential criminal offense constituting an act of public indecency, Mr. Parr also agreed that he should have informed the Integrity Unit of the star player’s alleged inappropriate behavior.

In his latest letter to the Integrity Unit, dated August 31, Mr. Sneddon complained again about the NRL’s lack of action, saying there was one rule for some players and another for others

He also noted that since the complaint was filed over a year ago, the NRL Integrity Unit has been able to investigate and impose penalties on players such as Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell and Nathan Cleary

On October 9, the NRL informed Mr. Sneddon the case would be ‘closed’ to investigation It came just days after explosive allegations about former Souths star Sam Burgess were published in The Australian The allegations, denied by Burgess, included that in November 2018 , Burgess, while in a drug-powered pipe bender, was injected with a liquid tranquilizer by Souths club doctor Andrew McDonald, who wrote the prescription on behalf of another person

However, the NRL unit claimed the lack of cooperation from the complainant in the Cowboys case was the cause of the long delay « When complaints are made to the police or other regulatory bodies, we are careful not to interfere with these processes or cut them off with our own investigations, » said a spokesperson for the NRL.

« The NRL will continue its investigation and is unable to provide further comments, » the spokesperson said

Neither the woman nor the player responded to requests for comment The truck driver addressed questions to his lawyer, Mr. Sneddon, who said his client was widely disparaged by the Cowboys in an attempt to discredit him He said his client had lost everything

« [Name deleted], I know you wouldn’t like me to text you, but I don’t feel anyone but you could understand how I feel I only found out today that [his woman] could keep her job with the Cowboys

« I feel so drained that nothing she and [the player] did after cheating on both of us over that Gold Coast weekend is right. I lost it all – my wife, my family I feel so useless after what they did but knowing that they will always see each other at the club is so hurtful for me

« I can’t believe Parrie [Peter Parr] is covering the tracks of [the truck driver’s wife] and will always let her travel with the team I feel like no one gives a fk on how we might feel about it

« I guess I should just realize that I am nobody and that I am not important to anyone, especially to [his wife], the Cowboys and obviously [the player] who thought my wife was his property too. I will never bother you again I promise not to call or text again I’m sorry « 

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