Furious teammates of fallen NRL star Adam Elliott wouldn’t be shattered if he is fired by the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Elliott, 26, was already ‘off’ with many of his Belmore friends after he was caught kissing Kara Childerhouse, the fiancée of former teammate Michael Lichaa, in another drunken incident in February.
His latest indiscretion off the pitch, where he got caught up on a toilet visit with NRLW star Millie Boyle at a Gold Coast restaurant Sunday night, is reportedly the final straw in the eyes of many teammates.
According to the Daily Telegraph, tired players will publicly support Elliott – but behind closed doors is another matter.
Many Elliott plays with want him to face a heavy fine or be kicked out.
“He (Elliott) only has a few things to work on, that’s all,” Bulldogs forward Ava Seumanufagai told reporters.
“Apart from his off-field stuff, he brings a lot to this team.”
On Thursday afternoon, Channel 9 reporter Danny Weidler tweeted that Elliott was fined $10,000 for his “behavior” in the bathroom. He is also tipped off to ask the board for a show reason why he should remain a Bulldogs player.
If Elliott is sent off by the Bulldogs, the club would have enough money in its salary cap to pursue Newcastle Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce in the long run.
The Bulldogs are in a rebuilding phase and will “win” the wooden spoon this season after just two wins.
Next year, both Melbourne Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr and Penrith Panthers duo Matt Burton and Brent Naden will be on Canterbury’s books – and the pressure to perform will be immediate.
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’s future will become clearer after the NRL Integrity Unit completes its investigation into Sunday’s incident.
Trent Barrett’s playgroup knows on the drama scale that Elliott’s behavior on the Glitter Strip wasn’t objectionable, but it added to his significant rap sheet.
Earlier this week, pub baron Arthur Laundy, the main sponsor of Elliott’s Canterbury Bulldogs team through Laundy Hotels, said he would like to keep the star moving forward 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 after Sunday’s incident.
“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.’
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
Elliott has already resigned for the club’s two remaining games against the Sea Eagles and Tigers.
Several board members reportedly find the back rower’s behavior off the field exhausting, and as a result he can be detached.
Elliott and Mrs Boyle were reportedly 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 other Bulldogs players’ WAGs in 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 as “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 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.
Adam Elliott’s series of texts to former teammate Michael Lichaa after he was caught kissing Lichaa’s fiancé earlier this year
They will also determine how Elliott and other players got to the venue, as public transportation, Ubers, and carpooling 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 awoke 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.’
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.
Adam Elliott (right) leaves Downing Center Court with his ex-girlfriend Robyn Wattam after a trial in Sydney in December 2018
Ms Boyle is a dual-code international having played for both Australian Jillaroos and Australian Wallaroos (pictured, with retired NRL great Corey Parker)
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.