Sydney Roosters’ centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall was admitted to hospital last night, five days after being charged on 10 counts of alleged domestic violence.
The New Zealand international was admitted after his family and the NRL conferred about his apparently fragile mental state after the breakdown of his relationship with former partner Jessica Peris.
Kenny-Dowall had been due to face Waverley Local Court this morning to face six counts of common assault, one count of actual bodily harm, destroying or damaging property, stalking and intimidation to intend fear; he had also been issued with an apprehended violence order.
Roosters Coach Trent Robinson this morning told media: “Shaun’s obviously getting looked after at the moment, he’s struggling a bit with what happened over the last week. He needed to get some attention and that is what he is doing.”
There’s been plenty of buzz about the issue. The NSW Premier Mike Baird chimed in yesterday, calling on the NRL to take strong action against Kenny-Dowall.
His comments disappointed the Roosters coach. “He obviously heard one side of the story. He needed background and he didn’t ring to get any of that background before he made that statement which is pretty disappointing,” Robinson said. – Marc Summers
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