NZ Breakers guard Corey Webster arrested after alleged fight at bar

Corey Webster of the Breakers has been charged with assault, a news report says.
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Corey Webster of the Breakers has been charged with assault, a news report says.

New Zealand Breakers guard Corey Webster has been arrested and charged with assault.

The arrest came after police were called to reports of a fight at The Takapuna Bar about 12:30am on Wednesday.

Police confirmed a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with assaulting another man.

The victim was not seriously injured, police said.

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The Breakers confirmed the incident in a brief statement. 

"The club is aware of an incident involving Corey Webster last night and his subsequent arrest on an alleged minor assault charge," the statement read.

Breakers general manager Dillon Boucher will address the media on Thursday morning about the Webster incident.

Police said Webster has been bailed and will appear in the North Shore District Court on Monday.

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It wasn't a good day for Webster, as he was also in trouble for an on-court incident while playing for the Breakers on Sunday.

The NBL's game review panel has charged him with unreasonable contact with Cairns Taipan player Travis Trice's face during the match in Cairns.

It carries a base penalty of a one game suspension, but if Webster accepts an early guilty plea, he will be fined $500 and not be suspended.

He has until Friday to respond to the charge.

The Breakers play the Illawarra Hawks on Friday night at the North Shore Events Centre.  

It was Webster's 28th birthday on Tuesday.

The Breakers tweeted a happy birthday message to Webster on Monday.

Webster has been a regular standout for the Breakers, attracting the attention of NBA scouts with a pre-season training stint at the New Orleans Pelicans but he missed out on a full-time contract.

The Tall Blacks star guard is averaging 11 points per game this season and was the fourth highest scorer in the Australian NBL competition last season.

In 2011 he failed a drugs test while playing for the Breakers, and was released from the second season of his two-year contract which forced him to sit out the 2011–12 campaign. He therefore missed out on the Breakers back-to-back champion run that season.

He tested positive to was Kronic, the synthetic cannabis that was sold legally in New Zealand until later being outlawed by the Government.

The substance was neither illegal nor performance-enhancing, but is on the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances.

Webster tested positive for cannabis use while playing in the New Zealand NBL for the Harbour Heat in 2010. 

Webster was forgiven by the Breakers and welcomed back to the club on a three-year deal in August 2012.

 - Stuff

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