Raiders duo charged with drink-driving over off-season
Head coach Ricky Stuart will be required to make a call as to whether Corey Harawira-Naera should be allowed to play while facing the courts after the 25-year-old was caught drinking driving on Christmas Day.
Both Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh, 23, were charged with drink driving in separate incidents on December 25 and will face the courts in the coming months.
Horsburgh’s court date is set for February 23, while Harawira-Naera’s is scheduled for March 25 – two days before round three of the Raider’s NRL season.
“ACT Policing can confirm a 25-year-old Belconnen man was charged with drink driving early on Christmas Day (25 December 2020) following a traffic stop in Belconnen. He is scheduled to appear in court on the 25th of March 2021,” a statement from ACT Policing read.
“We can also confirm a 23-year-old Bruce man was charged with drink driving early on Christmas Day following a traffic stop in Evatt. He is scheduled to appear in court on the 23rd of February 2021.”
It is understood Horsburgh’s offence was low-range.
Harawira-Naera was deregistered by the NRL in April last year for his part in the Bulldogs’ Port Macquarie schoolgirl sex scandal. While the deregistration was later overturned on appeal, the 25-year-old requested a release from the Bulldogs to move to the Raiders towards the end of the 2020 season.
“The Canberra Raiders can confirm that both Corey Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh were involved in separate incidents during the Christmas holiday period,” the club said in a statement.
“Both incidents were reported directly to the NRL Integrity unit at the time and the club continues to keep them informed of any developments. As both issues are still pending court matters, the club will not be making further comment.”
Speaking to Nine News after his move to Canberra, Harawira-Naera said he hoped to repay the Raiders for showing faith in him.
“For them taking a risk on me is sort of enough to pull my head in and make it work down here,” he said at the time. It’s time to grow up and be the player I want to be and the person I want to be. I’m just really grateful, Sticky is a really good person and a coach”
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is less than impressed by the actions of both players, particularly Harawira-Naera who was given a second chance by the club.
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