NRL star Adam Elliott could be spared the layoffs after he made an emotional phone call with a highly influential figure at his club following his toilet trip with a female footballer.
Elliott’s career is on the brink after Sunday’s incident on the Gold Coast, where he was asked to leave a restaurant shortly after being caught with Brisbane Broncos NRLW player and dual international Millie Boyle in the men’s room.
Pub baron Arthur Laundy, the main sponsor of Elliott’s Canterbury Bulldogs team through Laundy Hotels, is keen to keep the star at the club – provided he gives up alcohol completely.
“Adam called me and he was so down, he knew he had done the wrong thing,” Laundy told the… Sydney Morning Herald.
“He has to give the grog away. You just have to look at what happened on each occasion [he is intoxicated]. He has that gene in him that doesn’t help when you drink.’
NRL star Adam Elliott (pictured with his ex-girlfriend Robyn Wattam) could have his contract ripped up by the Bulldogs after another alcoholic off-field discretion
Elliott was asked to leave a Gold Coast restaurant after being caught with NRLW player Millie Boyle (pictured) in the men’s room on Sunday
Arthur Laundy, Canterbury’s main sponsor (pictured) wants Adam Elliott to stay with the club – on condition that he renounce alcohol
The Bulldogs board will make a decision on Elliott’s playing future once the NRL Integrity Unit has completed their investigation into the matter, which could be as early as Wednesday.
Elliott has already resigned for the club’s two remaining games against the Sea Eagles and Tigers.
Several board members reportedly find the rear rower’s behavior tiring and can be detached.
No stranger to off-field controversy, Elliott and Mrs. Boyle were rounded up in the men’s restrooms in search of a place to be “intimate.”
It has since been revealed that the couple were kissing in the bathroom because they didn’t want to be seen by the wives and partners of other Bulldogs players at the restaurant.
The couple, who are both single, knew each other after they both grew up near Bega on the south coast of NSW.
“Look, we just kissed in the bathroom. It’s taken way out of context. It’s a big fuss over nothing,” Mrs Boyle told the… Daily telegram.
Elliott was seen in the company of Ms Boyle (pictured), who has since stated that the incident was ‘blown out of proportion’
NRL women’s player Millie Boyle (right) takes a selfie in the toilet with Charlotte Caslick and Lauren Brown at the restaurant on Sunday night
The Bulldogs are expected to crack down on Elliott pending the NRL Integrity Unit’s investigation into the incident.
Canterbury boss Phil Gould labeled Elliott’s behavior “grade five stupidity.”
“Every time a player like Adam Elliott, who has a list of previous players, puts himself there to be criticized again, we drag all that up,” he told Channel 9’s 100% Footy on Monday night.
“And that affects the club, it affects the brand, the sponsors, the fans, and especially when the club doesn’t perform very well, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth of everyone associated with the club.
“It has to be dealt with quickly, Adam understands that and we will solve it as soon as possible.”
Elliott, 26, was asked to leave the Gold Coast venue on Sunday, with the club and the NRL being made aware of the incident on Monday.
The integrity unit is also reviewing whether any biosafety rules have been violated, including whether the site is classified as a restaurant rather than a pub.
They will also determine how Elliott and other players got to the venue, as public transportation and ride-sharing are banned under protocols.
Elliott played in the Bulldogs 22-16 defeat to the Newcastle Knights on the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that he had been caught kissing the fiancée of former teammate Michael Lichaa when he visited the couple’s home in Connells Point, south Sydney, on February 13.
Lichaa woke up at 4:30 a.m. to find Elliott, who was also in a long-term relationship, kissing his partner Kara Childerhouse on the back deck of their home.
Texts between Elliott and Lichaa later revealed that Elliott regretted the incident.
“I have serious drinking problems and last night I made the biggest mistake of my life. I’m so sorry that I hurt and hurt you. [Elliot’s partner] Ruby.
“Never in a million years did I ever think I’d do this to you. I can’t say how sorry I am.’
Adam Elliott’s series of texts to former teammate Michael Lichaa after he was caught kissing Lichaa’s fiancé earlier this year
Adam Elliott (right) leaves Downing Center Court with his ex-girlfriend Robyn Wattam after a trial in Sydney in December 2018
After the incident at Lichaa’s residence, Elliott vowed to stop drinking alcohol – and it appeared to have done so on the Glitter Strip until last Sunday.
In 2018, Elliott pleaded guilty to obscenely exposing himself in public after a wild ‘Mad Monday’ celebration at Sydney’s Harbor View Hotel.
Elliott and teammate Asipeli Fine exposed themselves on a hotel balcony in full view of people doing the BridgeClimb on Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Both the pair were charged with obscene exposure, and the Bulldogs were fined $320,000 after the men allegedly drunkenly danced to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.
The two were later each given a two-year commitment for good behavior.
After the Lichaa incident, the Bulldogs refused to punish Elliott, announcing that he would seek help for “alcohol problems.”
“The Bulldogs have conducted their own assessment and have decided that Adam will provide professional assistance with regard to alcohol issues, with the Bulldogs providing full support, including a strict monitoring process,” the club said.
Elliott’s development comes as Canberra Raiders player Curtis Scott terminated his contract with immediate effect, after the club’s board said Monday it had considered statements and material presented at a hearing with the player on August 17.
The 23-year-old is charged with assault involving actual bodily harm for his alleged involvement in a nightclub incident last May.
He had already been issued a violation statement by the NRL, which suspended him for three games and fined him $15,000 for the incident.
It has also been revealed that Scott was involved in a fight with former teammate John Bateman, which the club kept under its own control.
Scott joined Canberra from Melbourne in 2020 on a four-year contract, but his time at the green machine was marred by suspension, injuries and poor form.
Raiders player Curtis Scott had his contract with the club terminated after his alleged involvement in a nightclub fight in May
Ms Boyle is a dual-code international having played for both Australian Jillaroos and Australian Wallaroos (pictured, with retired NRL great Corey Parker)