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NRL player arrested, sacked in USA

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Wests Tigers have terminated Matthew Lodge’s playing contract after he was arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting a man and stalking two women while holidaying in New York.

The 20-year-old forward is accused of following the two women home to a unit block and telling them “this is the night that you die”.

In a statement late on Sunday, Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said the club would not tolerate such behaviour.

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Lodge was charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, assault and menacing.

The charges came just months after the young player was stood down by the Tigers over similar domestic violence allegations.

Lodge was granted strict bail conditions after facing court in August for six offences including stalking, intimidation and assault.

“The club is incredibly disappointed to learn that Matthew Lodge has been charged by police while overseas on holiday,” Mr Pascoe said.

“We have since made the decision to terminate Lodge’s playing contract with Wests Tigers, effective immediately.”

The club would continue to offer welfare and counselling options to the 20-year-old to ensure he had the support he needed, he said.

Fairfax Media reported that Lodge allegedly followed the women into a unit after they were let into the building by a male resident.

Lodge then allegedly assaulted the man and damaged the apartment, according to a New York police report.

* National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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