NRL enforcer Tevita Pangai Jnr resigns for coronavirus infringement after attending ‘bikie-linked’ barber shop involved in a police raid
- Brisbane Broncos star Tevita Pangai Jnr stepped down and was banned for two games
- Breaking strict protocol by going to a friend’s barber shop south of Brisbane
- Police went to Mongolian bicycle sheds but found no illegal activity
- Breakthrough comes four days after Pangai Jr. said he was tired of the NRL bubble
NRL star Tevita Pangai Jnr has been banned for two games after breaking the code’s strict COVID-19 protocols by visiting a bicycle-linked barber shop involved in a police raid.
The Brisbane Broncos enforcer was resigned after visiting a friend’s barber shop on Saturday, just hours after returning from Sydney after losing his match against the Rabbitohs in South Sydney.
Obviously, police team Maxima raided the espresso bar of the Black Canvas Southside barbershop in Windaroo south of Brisbane while Pangai Jr was present.
Every illegal activity was found in the raid and there is no suggestion that Pangai Jr did anything illegal.
Pangai Jr has claimed that he was unaware that several Mongol bikers were also present at the time.
The coronavirus breach comes days after Broncos Tevita Pangai Jnr (pictured right with Wallabies star Quade Cooper) complained about the NRL bubble
Clearly, Pangai Jr attended the opening of the Black Canvas Southside barbershop espresso bar on Saturday. Pictured are people at launch south of Brisbane
The club has confirmed that the Tongan international has resigned for 14 days after breaching Project Apollo protocols.
“The club has learned that he attended the opening of a barber shop yesterday, in violation of protocols,” a statement from Broncos read.
He has been placed on a ‘COVID hold’ and will be tested, spending 14 days in self-isolation while the NRL continues to investigate the details of the breach.
“The Broncos are investigating the circumstances surrounding the case to determine what further action can be taken.”
Pangai Jr could face further penalties from the Broncos, who have had a terrible run since the season resumed in late May with 10 losses for their last 11 games.
Tevita Pangai Jr broke strict protocol by going to a barbershop south of Brisbane just after returning from Sydney following his side’s clash with Souths Sydney. He is pictured during Friday night’s loss
The latest Broncos offense comes a week after assistant coach Allan Langer attended a birthday party at a Brisbane pub, while two Broncos employees were also fined.
Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett and Dragons forward Paul Vaughan were also sanctioned for breaches of protocol.
Suppress Broncos coach Anthony Seibold was also forced to leave the NRL bubble this week due to a family emergency.
Pangai hinted his frustration with the NRL’s strict biosafety protocols four days ago when he posted a throwback photo enjoying a seafood dinner with Australian Wallabies rugby union star Quade Copper.
“Sick of the bubble, miss dinners with the bro’s,” he captioned the photo.
Pangai Jnr, 24, has played 77 games for the Broncos since his NRL debut in 2016.
The Broncos star attended a Mongol-affiliated barber shop visited by police (stock image)