Gold Coast Titans co-captain Kevin Proctor has voluntarily stood down from his role and from playing duties until his club resolves its response to his alleged drug incident in Canberra.
Proctor and Kiwis captain Jesse Bromwich allegedly joined Canberra man Adrian Mark Crowther, 45, outside the Cube nightclub in Canberra’s city centre after Friday night’s Anzac Test against Australia.
Police allegedly observed Crowther on CCTV video preparing a white powder on his phone, before handing it to the two men, who rolled up bank notes and consumed the substance.
According to court documents, by the time police arrived Bromwich and Proctor had left.
Proctor and Bromwich have not been charged, but Crowther has been charged with selling cocaine, and possession of MDMA.
The club put out a release on Sunday, including a statement from Proctor, who said he was “extremely embarrassed and sorry” over the incident.
“Although I can’t remember exactly what happened, I don’t deny it,” Proctor said in his statement.
“I am devastated by the whole thing and can’t apologise enough to my Kiwi team-mates, the NRL, the Titans and all fans of the game.
“I’ve never been in this sort of trouble before in my career, I have never failed a drug test, and I’m so sorry I’ve let everyone down by losing control of my personal decisions by drinking too much alcohol.”
The club said they had advised Proctor on Sunday that he would be issued with a breach notice giving him five business days notice to appear before the Titans’ board to determine other actions or sanctions.