Joe Ofahengaue embroiled in casino cheating

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    Troubled Broncos star Joe Ofahengaue embroiled in casino cheating controversy

    Travis Meyn, Melanie Petrinec, The Courier-Mail
    April 27, 2017 11:26pm

    BRONCOS forward Joe Ofahengaue has fallen foul of the law again after being caught up in a casino cheating controversy.

    Ofahengaue, who played against the Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night, is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday on a charge of cheating by fraudulent act, practice or scheme.

    The charge is understood to be related to an incident at a blackjack table at a casino.

    Ofahengaue is not expected to appear in court in person.

    Broncos CEO Paul White confirmed Ofahengaue had alerted the club to the matter.

    “The club is aware of the matter and has notified the NRL Integrity Unit about it,” White said.

    “We will allow due course to run and then determine if any further action is to be taken.”

    Ofahengaue, 21, was a member of Brisbane’s 2015 NRL grand final team which lost to the Cowboys.

    The nephew of ex-Wallabies player Willie Ofahengaue, he was dropped from the NRL midway through last season by coach Wayne Bennett.

    He only returned to the Broncos NRL team a fortnight ago after spending the early part of the season playing reserve grade.

    Ofahengaue, a Tongan Test player, appeared in court last September to plead guilty to a charge of driving unlicensed and was fined $250.

    Ofahengaue told The Courier Mail this week he battled mental demons after being dropped last season.

    “It was some stupid stuff I was going through in my head and at home,” Ofahengaue said.

    “I went and had a chat to (Bennett) and told him what I was going through and how I felt about it. We settled it out last year.

    “Hopefully I can restart again in my short career.

    “As a player I have matured a little bit. What I forgot is I had age on my side.

    “I have dealt with everything I was going through.”

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