Video footage emerges of incident that cost Kevin Locke his Wakefield contract
A video has been posted to YouTube that allegedly shows the incident that eventually saw Kevin Locke released by his club Wakefield last year.
The video appears to show former Kiwis and NZ Warriors fullback Locke and former Parramatta Eels star Tim Smith shortly after a minor car crash in September.
Smith was charged by police with failing to provide a sample for analysis and driving without due care and attention following an incident in Hull.
He was later banned from driving for 28 months and released by Super League club Wakefield. Locke wasn't charged but was also released by the Wildcats after an investigation.
In the 65-second video, Locke can be seen bending into the front passenger's seat as a bare-footed Smith staggers around the car.
As an unsighted emergency vehicle pulls up to the crash site, Locke appears to pull bottles from the front seat of the car while Smith - who appears to have his shirt on backwards - repeatedly calls to his team-mate, "Kev, Kev, Kev, Kev", before sitting in the back seat.
Locke's career in rugby league started brightly with the Warriors and he was fullback in the side that reached the 2011 NRL grand final. He also made international debut for the Kiwis in the same year and started the 2013 World Cup final.
Now 26-year-old Locke, who currently doesn't have a club for next season, finds his league career in limbo.
Kevin Locke career timeline:
December 2010 - Suspended from driving for three months.
January 2011 - Caught driving south on State Highway 1 Whangarei. He told police he didn't know his licence was suspended.
February 2012 - Pulled over for speeding in Northcote. He told police this time that he knew his licence was suspended but he was in a hurry to visit his mother in hospital.
April 2012 - Loses appeal against $900 fine and one-year driving disqualification he received for driving while suspended.
May 2012 - Sentenced in Auckland District Court to 80 hours of community work and fined $1400 for driving while disqualified. The Warriors also fined him $5000. He'd also been caught speeding seven times.
June 2014 - The arrival of Sam Tomkins sees Locke lose his place and dropped to play in the New South Wales Cup. He agrees an early release from his Warriors contract to join the Salford Red Devils in the Super League.
June 2015 - Injury restricts Locke to 11 of 27 games for Salford and he leaves the club halfway through the season after a pay dispute with owner Marwan Koukash. Joins Super League's bottom club Wakefield on loan.
September 2015 - Reports circulate that Locke and two Wakefield players got drunk, stole their coach's car and crashed it into a wall. Locke denied the allegations and said he was the passenger in his own car.
September 2015 - Koukash confirms on Twitter that Locke loses his tribunal with the club over pay disputes.