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And this little Birdie went wee wee wee all the way home

Greg Bird pictured with a black eye during training for the State of Origin this year.
Greg Bird pictured with a black eye during training for the State of Origin this year. Rob Wright

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.

Greg Bird and Becky Rochow pictured at Kingscliff recently
Greg Bird and Becky Rochow pictured at Kingscliff recently Karen HarperTWE220912baja12

"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.

NRL's Hall of Shame

  • A vulgar picture of Toddy Carney urinating in his own mouth at a Cronulla nightspot went viral in June this year, forcing Sharks directors to tear up his $3 million contract.
  • Canberra Raiders star Joel Monaghan appeared in a photograph on the internet featuring a sex act with a dog. He expressed both remorse and disgust at the alcohol-fuelled prank.
  • In May Warriors star Konrad Hurrell was under investigation by the NRL integrity unit over a video posted on social media of him involved in a sex act with New Zealand television actress Teuila Blakely. The video featured Hurrell driving a car while Blakely performed a sex act on him.

 

Topics:  byron bay, editors picks, greg bird, rugby league, sport, weddings




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