Bulldogs Adam Elliott, Phil Gould on Canterbury star’s latest off-field issue
Bulldogs football manager Phil Gould is quick to deal with Adam Elliott’s latest indiscretion off the field after being dismissed from his post following an incident at a Gold Coast restaurant.
Canterbury today canceled Elliot for the club’s last two games of the season after it was revealed that the NRL Integrity Unit was investigating his behavior at a restaurant.
It is understood that Elliott, while in the company of NRLW player Millie Boyle, was asked to leave the facility.
The problem on the Gold Coast comes just months after the Bulldogs back rower sought professional help with a drinking problem following a series of off-court issues.
Gould, who recently became Canterbury’s new managing director of football, revealed Elliott had touched alcohol for the first time in seven months when the incident occurred.
“That remains to be determined,” Gould told Nine’s. 100% Football when asked what Elliott’s future looks like.
“He was interviewed by the NRL Integrity Unit this afternoon and I spoke to them tonight, putting together a report for the Bulldogs Council. Beyond that I can’t speak too much.
“Adam was very honest about his role and what happened and he felt a lot of remorse.
“Adam, as we know, has been receiving alcohol counseling for the past seven months, he hasn’t been drinking for seven months.
“He decided to drink alcohol yesterday and he found himself in that position.
“We asked him to leave the premises, which he complied with, and we spoke to the locals and they said there was no problem. He complied immediately as soon as we asked him to leave.
“What led to this will be revealed in the next few days… but we will act quickly and try to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
Gould revealed that he spoke to Elliott about his troubled past and how the media would talk about it when discussing what to do with him.
“As I explained to Adam today, incidents like this allow the media to bring up the past and it can hurt other people at that time as well,” Gould added.
“There have been a number of incidents in the last 12 or 18 months, obviously from the outside to the inside … I now have access to more information and it allows them (to the media) to regurgitate anything that makes this situation worse here.
“This is an incident where the players yesterday afternoon had a club function and returned to the hotel and had a function with the wives and families of the players, and everyone at eight o’clock was invited to lie down, they did.
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“A few girlfriends went out, then the partners went out for drinks with them to come back, and a few of the single guys also decided to follow along and that’s where they put themselves in that environment.
“Fifth-year silliness right now.” ”
Gould said he was confident that no COVID-19 violations had occurred, the club, as well as the rest of the competition, currently in Queensland due to the statewide lockdown affecting New South Wales.
“I don’t think they’ve broken the COVID rules, which the Integrity Unit is looking at now… but like I said, every time a player like Adam Elliott, who has a track record, is coming forward to be criticized again, “he added.
“It affects the club, the brand, the sponsors, the fans and especially when the club is not performing very well it leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of everyone associated with the club. It needs to be dealt with quickly.”
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