Manager defends Blake Ferguson after ex-Roosters teammate calls police to his home
Leading rugby league player manager Sam Ayoub has leapt to the defence of his client Blake Ferguson, claiming he is "not at fault" after police rushed to the Roosters winger's home in the early hours on Thursday morning.
Police and emergency services were called to Ferguson's Marrickville home at 5:15am (7:15am NZ time) to check on his two children after receiving a bizarre call from Ferguson's former teammate, Paul Carter.
Carter claimed to police that Ferguson's one-year-old child had been drugged but ambulance officers were comfortable this had not happened after checking both of his sons.
Ferguson was not charged or taken into custody and they left the children in his care. His partner was not at the house at the time of the incident.
"Emergency services were called to a home in Marrickville this morning after concerns were raised for the welfare of children," a police spokesperson said. "Officers from Marrickville Local Area Command attended about 5.15am and spoke with a 27-year-old man. Ambulance and paramedics checked two young children but no further police action is anticipated at this time."
Carter last week pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine to his ex-Roosters teammate Shaun Kenny-Dowall at the Ivy in May this year. He will be sentenced on November 29.
The Roosters released Carter in June. They were the third club in four years to tear up his contract despite attempts from the talented utility forward to turn his life around after a stint in a Thai rehab clinic.
Ferguson has told officials he and Carter had been drinking until about 3am but claims he told Carter to leave because there were children in the house and they were in bed.
He says he awoke when police knocked on his door an hour or so later.
"Blake is not in trouble with the Roosters," Ayoub said. "He is not at fault. It's an unfortunate situation that he has been caught in the middle of. He let a mate in for a few drinks and that is all. Blake is extremely upset about what has happened because he has done nothing wrong."
So far, the Roosters accept Ferguson's version of events.
Roosters executive Joe Kelly did not offer comment when contacted and an NRL spokesperson said: "The Integrity Unit is aware of the matter. It has asked the Roosters to investigate and provide a report."
Ayoub said Ferguson is angry about being dragged into an incident that has again created unwarranted headlines about his off-field behaviour.
Earlier this year, he was accused of derailing the New South Wales Blues' State of Origin campaign after it emerged that he and Josh Dugan were drinking at a pub five days before the game-three decider.
The Roosters were uncertain after that incident about whether they should re-sign him or not. His contract was extended for another year.
Ferguson played for Australia in the mid-year test but was dropped from Australia's World Cup squad.
- Sydney Morning Herald