Bird clarifies incident at Byron Bay

Gold Coast Titans co-captain Greg Bird will face a Titans disciplinary hearing  on Thursday after he was issued with a public offence infringement notice by NSW Police and a fine for urinating in a public place last night at Byron Bay.

Reports today that he allegedly urinated on a police car in the car park of a hotel have been strongly refuted by Bird.

Bird said, “I know it was a stupid and a really 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”  

The incident took place as he was about to get into his car which was parked next to a police vehicle. Bird had finished dinner and was leaving the Beach Hotel with his new wife Becky and family members. It’s a situation he is very remorseful of now.

“I would like to apologise to the club and it’s fans and anyone I may have offended, especially to my wife Becky. It has put a dampener on our wedding weekend and I am incredibly embarrassed and disappointed in myself”, said Bird.

Titans CEO Graham Annesley met with Bird this afternoon to hear Bird’s version of the incident and will now follow the club and NRL process to deal with the issue.

Annesley said, “Obviously this is very embarrassing from the clubs perspective. It is unacceptable from the clubs perspective. We’ll continue to talk to the NRL and we’ll hold a club disciplinary meeting later this week so we follow due process. It is to Greg’s credit that he has publicly apologised and clarified exactly what took place. That will all be taken into consideration before a decision is being made.”

There will be no further media comment on the issue until after the club’s disciplinary committee has met on Thursday.