NRL: Ben Barba threatens reporter in verbal tirade

  • 12/03/2019

Disgraced rugby league player Ben Barba has been captured on video, unleashing a verbal assault on a TV journalist.

Barba, who was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys over an alleged domestic violence incident, threatened Australia's Nine News reporter Tim Arvier, telling the reporter he'd "lost everything".

"I will hurt you," Barba shouts in the Nine News footage. "You want me to hurt you?"

The 29-year-old confirmed he'd hand himself into police on Tuesday in relation to a video that allegedly shows him throwing rocks at partner Ainslie Currie at a Townsville Casino. The pair have four children together.

"I'm going to the police station tomorrow and I’m about to be charged with nothing."

The former Dally M medallist's dismissal from the Cowboys over the breach of contract was the latest in a series of incidents that have prompted CEO Todd Greenberg to ban him from the NRL indefinitely.

"His registration with the game is no longer and I can’t see a time, at any time in the future, that he'll be welcomed back," Greenberg said. "It's probably time for Ben to find a new vocation."

In 2013, pictures emerged of Currie with a bloodied face, along with text messages in which she described a domestic assault to a friend. She later denied it was Barba.

In 2016, Barba was fired from the Cronulla Sharks, after testing positive to cocaine.

He's since begun a new job as a metal worker in Queensland's Mackay.


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