Sharks star fails alcohol and illicit drugs test while holding suspended licence


Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Braydon Trindall has been charged with drink driving while holding a suspended licence, and is awaiting further results on an alleged potential positive cocaine reading, according to media reports.

The Sharks confirmed via statement on Tuesday that he failed initial roadside alcohol and illicit drug tests early on Monday morning. 

“The club has since followed the appropriate protocols within the player’s contract and CBA and continues to work with the NRL integrity unit, with the club, player and his management agreeing it is in Braydon’s best interest to not participate in games or to train for the short term, most importantly to attend to his welfare and health issues,”the statement read.

Braydon Trindall in action. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

“Trindall reported the result of the roadside tests immediately to Sharks management, who in turn informed the NRL integrity unit.

“The matter has been referred for a court appearance in May where Trindall will face the allegations and charges levelled against him, noting that a secondary sample of the illicit drug test is yet to be confirmed. 

“The Sharks treat these issues extremely seriously, however they are providing Trindall with the necessary welfare support.”

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Trindall was tested on Monday morning, just hours after his team’s victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at PointsBet Stadium. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

He is currently prohibited from driving after having his licence suspended for other offences.

The Herald said it was alleged that the roadside drug test also showed cocaine was in his system, but that Trindall was awaiting the results from an oral fluid test for a more accurate result.

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