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(Tele) : Reason why Barba is heading North

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  1. jon50n

    jon50n Kennel Regular

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    The real reason Ben Barba is heading north

    The Sunday Telegraph
    August 31, 2013 - 11:30PM

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    BEN Barba is starting a new life in Brisbane after his relationship with the Bulldogs soured over an allegation he punched a woman in the face.

    The star fullback is on the outer with some players and officials after the woman complained to the Bulldogs in February she had been punched by Barba in an argument over another man. This was the incident that saw Barba spend two weeks in a rehabilitation centre and miss the first three rounds of the 2013 NRL season. Some Bulldogs officials are so concerned about the situation they revealed details to The Sunday Telegraph, including the claim Barba failed to complete the counselling ordered by the Bulldogs.

    Barba, 24, was stood down by Bulldogs officials on February 25 after the woman approached former Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg and coach Des Hasler at Belmore Sports Ground and claimed she had been hit in the face by Barba on the morning of February 24. The woman was taken to Belmore by a friend and had bruising on her face.

    The Sunday Telegraph has obtained a picture the woman took of her injuries after the alleged punch, as well as text-messages she sent a friend detailing the alleged injuries. "Just have a busted lip,'' the woman wrote. "I have to go away for a few days, maybe weeks. I have the biggest bruised jaw ever. It's yuk.''

    The woman phoned a friend about 7am on Sunday February 24 and said she had been injured after an intoxicated Barba had entered her home following a night out. The woman claimed she fled her apartment from a ground floor balcony.

    The Sunday Telegraph does not claim the alleged punch occurred.

    - Senior Bulldogs officials have confirmed the woman made the complaint on Sunday February 24.

    - Barba was made aware of the complaint on the same day, with a Bulldogs official rushing to his home. The official found Barba distraught and put him to bed, remaining by his side as he slept.

    - The Bulldogs are adamant they handled the situation correctly with both Hasler and Greenberg encouraging the woman to report the matter to police.

    - The woman at no time indicated she intended to report the matter to anyone other than the club and Barba's management. It is alleged she told the Bulldogs she would deny the incident if anyone else was informed.

    - It is alleged Bulldogs officials attempted to put the woman in a car and take her to police.

    - She allegedly asked whether or not Barba would be able to play football again if the matter was reported. When an official said "no'', the woman said the incident never took place.

    The Sunday Telegraph spoke with two senior Bulldogs officials this week who stressed the matter had been dealt with in an appropriate manner. With the woman refusing to take the matter to police, the Bulldogs officials said they took appropriate action by standing down the player and having him agree to extensive rehabilitation and counselling.

    - Barba agreed to undergo a month of counselling at a Sydney rehabilitation clinic but was released 17 days after Greenberg announced he had been stood down.

    - He was back on the paddock for the Bulldogs another 26 days later, when Canterbury took on Souths in the round four clash at ANZ Stadium.

    - Barba has admitted to having a severe gambling problem as well as issues with alcohol.

    - The club took the drastic action of paying a family member the majority of Barba's wage.

    - The Sunday Telegraph has been told Barba checked himself out of the clinic voluntarily but officials are adamant the stay was cut short at the direction of the clinic.

    - Barba subsequently agreed to a number of counselling sessions but failed to complete every session.

    - Barba has been estranged from some members of the team since the incident.

    - Barba made his release intentions public last month and said he needed to be in Brisbane to be near his children.

    The Sunday Telegraph has learned the Bulldogs helped pick the Brisbane Broncos as Barba's next club, largely because of a well-regarded welfare program that will continue Barba's care. The Bulldogs claim the Broncos have been fully informed about Barba's off-field history. New Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle was also fully briefed on the incident by Greenberg before the former CEO took up a high profile position with the NRL. There are also suggestions that there was no $300,000 transfer fee paid to the Bulldogs, with Canterbury more concerned about having Barba placed in a club where he would receive ongoing care.

    Last night Ms Castle released a statement saying: "The Canterbury Bulldogs are entirely comfortable with the actions we have taken and processes we have followed in relation to Ben Barba. As a club we have insisted he has participated in relevant rehabilitation and counselling programmes throughout the 2013 season. Having been fully briefed in relation to this complex and highly sensitive situation, I believe that the Bulldogs have acted with the utmost integrity throughout."
     
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  2. ASSASSIN

    ASSASSIN The Bearded Crusader Gilded Premium Member The Kennel's Top Poster

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    So after the fuking twat spat in our faces we still look after him?

    Talk about turning the other cheek...
     
  3. Blue&White

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    There is more to this story and I dare say it will all come out. There is no doubting Ben Barba's talent. But he has bigger personal issues than footy.
     
  4. Indiandog

    Indiandog Kennel Immortal Gilded Premium Member

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    WOW!.

    I have got no idea what to fcken say about this.
     
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    ASSASSIN The Bearded Crusader Gilded Premium Member The Kennel's Top Poster

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    When it comes out, Fergie will look like an altar boy lol
     
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    Indiandog Kennel Immortal Gilded Premium Member

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    oh by the way is that anonymous chick who got punch and didnt want to report to police......happens to be Ainslie Currie
     
  7. Blue&White

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    and Sandor Earl lol
     
  8. Dogandgunner

    Dogandgunner Kennel Enthusiast

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    What a ****ing wanker, **** of now woman hitter.
     
  9. Blue&White

    Blue&White Kennel Enthusiast

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    Must be the same chick that was spotted in Leicchard with Gavin Orr who you can only assume was trying to stop her from taking this to the media. Feel sorry for Ainslie
     
  10. blueyedsamurai

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    seems like a top bloke
     
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    ASSASSIN The Bearded Crusader Gilded Premium Member The Kennel's Top Poster

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    Love to hear what the B&W and TG doubters have to say now......
     
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    Funny how the broncos had no hesitation of signing him even after they were well informed. They must be getting a little desperate up north.
     
  13. Indiandog

    Indiandog Kennel Immortal Gilded Premium Member

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    so If I am reading this correctly then :

    1- Barba never really wanted to leave Dogs,
    2- Dogs wanted to get rid of him and send him to Broncos where he could be taken care of,
    3- Family excuse by Barba was all BS
    4- Interview Barba gave to Sterlo was all scripted by the Dogs and
    5- WE GOT NO COMPENSATION!!!
     
  14. Indiandog

    Indiandog Kennel Immortal Gilded Premium Member

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    So is it Ainslie or not??

    From the pic it is a bit hard to make out.
     
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    Hes no actor either. Worst dive and fake injury since god knows who.
     
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    Indiandog Kennel Immortal Gilded Premium Member

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    Apparently we "asked" them to take him.... **** I am still trying to make sense out of this article.

    mind numbing
     
  17. nassman

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    What a ****, I was the first to defend that maggot at the start of the year but now feel like an absolute fool. Good riddance

    I really feel sorry for Ainslie now as that must have been a horrible ordeal to have to go through. I really hope something more comes of this because that arrogant prick deserves to be punished.
     
  18. fingerman

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    It's pretty ironic how we all got pissed off at the Manly supporter who called Barba a 'wife beater'. What's worse is finding out that its true, and the fact that after all the support we've given him, he goes and spits on the club.
     
  19. Blue&White

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    Not true. He wasn't shown the door. He's lucky he didn't get punted at the beginning of the year.
     
  20. Bob dog

    Bob dog Hectik defence Premium Member

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    Im over BB drama, please lock thread.
    A good football team is when you take out three star forwards and a Dally M fullback and we still win like hardened champions.
     
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