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All Black sorry for naked brawl

2011-11-14 09:01

Cook Islands - All Black Zac Guildford has issued a public apology after media reports alleged the winger had assaulted two men in a naked, drunken rampage at a bar in the Cook Islands last week.

The New Zealand Rugby Union has launched an investigation into an incident in Rarotonga on Thursday after local media reported Guildford had stormed into a bar naked and bleeding and punched two customers before leaving with friends.

Guildford, who has previously come under fire for alcohol-related incidents with All Blacks staff, said he needed help in a statement from Rarotonga, issued by the New Zealand Rugby Union on Monday.

"Firstly, I would like to apologise for my behaviour here in Rarotonga on Thursday night," the 22-year-old said.

"I have no clear recollection of the events of that night but there is no doubt that my behaviour was unacceptable and I am hugely embarrassed by what happened.

"I want to apologise to the people who I was involved with and offended that night, the patrons and staff who witnessed my behaviour, and the Cook Island people. I am truly sorry for what I did.

"I also want to apologise to my family for the embarrassment my actions have caused.

"I don't want any sympathy for the situation I have ended up in, but I am thankful for the support I have received so far from so many people.

"It's obvious that I need help and I want to get home and to get that help as soon as I can. I need to sort myself out."

Guildford was bleeding from cuts before he entered the bar but it was unclear how he had sustained the injuries, reports said.

Guildford previously apologised for his "excessive drinking" in September and narrowly escaped a playing ban at the World Cup after an alcohol-related incident in Brisbane in August in the wake of New Zealand's Tri-Nations defeat by Australia.

The NZRU said they would stand by Guildford.

"The first thing we'll do is find out the facts," NZRU general manager of professional Neil Sorensen said. "The second thing we will do is help the guy if he is in trouble."

Reuters

Comments
  • Felix - 2011-11-14 09:13

    roids and booze, not good.

      marcel.verster - 2011-11-14 09:51

      So glad this happened. Now my fiance wont freak out about him anymore. Douchebag

      Felix - 2011-11-14 11:36

      You might want to stop licking her in public :)

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-14 17:09

      Let's not be too fast to point fingers, when our very own was found breaking the law with an unlicensed gun and then later to be found dead after hitting it up in a township shebeen.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-14 09:20

    Need help AA

  • Chris - 2011-11-14 09:21

    Following in the footsteps of Jimmy Cowan, another great All Black alcholic.

  • Rory - 2011-11-14 09:28

    Ah please man, thats just another typical saturday night round here, what's the fuss?

      Dwerg - 2011-11-14 10:43

      The assault part is all fair enough, but he was naked? in a bar?

      Grant - 2011-11-14 10:58

      Come on dude - dont you know the MAN RULES?? No fighting naked - ever!!!

      Reon - 2011-11-14 13:31

      What was the name of the bar? The Blue Oyster.............

  • Andre - 2011-11-14 09:40

    The two men he assulted must be p*&&y's! My granmother can assult Zac Guilford

      Chris - 2011-11-14 10:42

      The one guy he assaulted was celebrating his 60th birthday... what a role model.

  • Belaglik - 2011-11-14 09:46

    When I first read this headline I thought it was a joke. Just imagine what it would have looked like to onlookers. LOL

  • Kevin - 2011-11-14 10:30

    Happens again ,call bryce. he can get the all blacks out of any situation

      Bob - 2011-11-14 10:44

      that sounds like sour grapes there kevvy

  • Lunga - 2011-11-14 10:45

    Nothing wrong with going on a bender, mate. Just make sure you keep your clothes on.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-14 11:22

    Why was he naked inthe 1st place, wtf's with that??? What a chop!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2011-11-14 11:38

    Times up, kick him out!

  • Deon - 2011-11-14 12:09

    He clearly has an alcohol problem - 6 weeks in a clinic could help.

      Gareth - 2011-11-14 12:44

      It would appear alcohol has a Zac problem.

  • pasca.motaung - 2011-11-14 13:03

    Passion didnt know there's Mampoer in NZ!! Lol!!!

  • Zion - 2011-11-14 15:17

    To troll or not to troll: That is the question. The evil that men do lives after them and is not interred with their bones. Bones or horns big difference i'd say William. Oh to hell with this and how about nogga beer. This 61year old has indemnity because he is a supporta of the victorious.

  • natasha.c.venter - 2011-11-14 16:22

    I could not even read past the 1st paragraph without ROTFLMFAO ... just brilliant ... and to top it off i read cook all wrong ....

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-14 16:28

    They always say sorry afterwards. They have to. It's so sweet really.

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