GOLD Coast Titans Captain Greg Bird has returned home to face the music for his poor bladder control at Byron Bay although he denies urinating "directly" on a police car.
Bird had been at Byron to tie the knot with Becky Rochow on Saturday. Barely 24 hours later he was dragging his reputation and that of the National Rugby League into the toilet when he was spotted by a number of witnesses urinating on a marked police car only a few seconds walk from three public toilets.
Bird fronted at Byron Bay police station yesterday morning where he was issued with a criminal infringement notice.
In a brief press conference on the Gold Coast yesterday, Bird told reporters the incident "put a dampener" on his nuptials, but denied urinating on a police car.
"After getting married on Saturday night down in Byron Bay, my wife and I caught up with friends and family at the Beach Hotel on the Sunday night for dinner, after which we went to our car parked down near the beach and actually adjacent to a police car," Fairfax quoted Bird saying.
"I stupidly and regretfully went to the toilet in between the two cars, in the space and obviously facing away from my family.
"I know it was a stupid and dumb thing to do but I really want to emphasise the fact that I didn't intend to disrespect anybody and I definitely didn't do it on the car.
"I would like to apologise to the club and its fans, anyone I may have offended, especially to my wife Becky. It put a dampener on our wedding weekend. I am incredibly embarrassed and disappointed in myself."
Bird's denial is at odds with claims by witnesses and conflicts with reports, confirmed by Byron Schoolies Hub coordinator Nicqui Yazdi, that officers had to use water from the hub to rinse Bird's leavings from the police car.
Ms Yazdi said she was surprised by the incident as public toilets were open just across the road.
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley was quoted by Fairfax describing Bird's behaviour as "unacceptable to the club" and said he was likely to face a heavy fine but keep his co-captaincy of the team.
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