- NRL players informed about standards of behavior in Las Vegas
- He also warned about possible scammers and blackmail attempts.
- Double header in Sin City at Allegiant Stadium on March 3
NRL stars from all four clubs heading to Las Vegas have been warned of possible extortion attempts by colorful identities ahead of the double-header at Allegiant Stadium on March 3.
Security will be beefed up for players in Sin City, with the Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Roosters and Broncos assigned 10 guards each in a multi-million pound operation.
Las Vegas Police Chief Kendall Bell, who has seen a lot in his time, briefed players and officials on Wednesday, emphasizing that it was paramount that everyone be alert at all times.
Your address also arrived just 48 hours after the Broncos’ drunken brawl involving Adam Reynolds and Pat Carrigan, which has sparked fears in some quarters of a potential NRL scandal in Las Vegas.
Bell, who was also in charge of security at the Super Bowl, described pitfalls to avoid when in the gaming mecca.
NRL stars from all four clubs heading to Las Vegas have been warned about possible extortion attempts (pictured Roosters hooker Brandon Smith)
The warning from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Kendall Bell comes just days after Broncos couple Pat Carrigan and Adam Reynolds (pictured) got into a drunken fight.
Las Vegas Police Chief Kendall Bell said it is vital to remain alert and watch for scammers and blackmail attempts.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant warned of blackmail attempts that can follow alcohol, sex and drug use.
Players were asked to avoid bringing women to their rooms and to be vigilant when drinking.
Bell also noted that some locals intentionally get into fights with sports stars, while an accomplice records the incident, hoping to extort money from the victim later.
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo has reminded players of their responsibilities, and next month’s double-header will be the first of a five-year commitment to host matches in Las Vegas.
A major scandal would leave the code’s potential $200 million entry into gaming and streaming into U.S. sports markets all but over before it began.
“Bringing rugby league to the United States is one of the most important strategic initiatives the sport has ever undertaken,” Abdo said.
‘The briefing for clubs and players has been planned for months and was an important step for us to ensure our launch event in Las Vegas is a positive and safe experience for everyone.
‘It is imperative that players understand their central role in this company.
‘Players are partners in the game and ambassadors. “We want them to showcase their exceptional athleticism and professionalism to a whole new audience.”