League's quickest might be slow learner
BRILLIANT speedster James Roberts' NRL future is once again in jeopardy after the Brisbane star allegedly abused a female hotel staff member and had to be physically restrained by security at Brisbane's Normanby Hotel on Sunday night.
Brisbane has alerted the NRL's Integrity Unit to allegations a drunken Roberts had to be restrained in a headlock by hotel security after he was refused service by staff.
An unconfirmed report said during efforts to restrain the 23 year-old, he passed out.
An ambulance was called to take Roberts to hospital after he lost consciousness.
Roberts was given a lifeline by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett after he had been dumped by Penrith and then sacked by the Gold Coast after a string of off-field incidents.
The last straw for Titans coach Neil Henry was last October when Roberts was arrested on the Gold Coast for refusing to follow a police request to move on.
Roberts, whose form hasn't been that great this season, might be the fastest man in rugby league, but quite clearly he is a very slow learner.
There have been other reports that Roberts was involved in more than one incident before his night came to an end at the notorious Normanby Hotel.
Brisbane could decide to stand him down from tonight's big clash with the Bulldogs and the NRL, which is losing patience with repeat offenders, could come down even harder on him when they conclude their investigation to send a clear message that drunken behaviour in public will no longer be tolerated.
The NRL's Integrity Unit will conduct its own investigation and will wait and see what action Brisbane takes against Roberts before making comment.