ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: A general view of an NRL ball on Adelaide Oval prior to the round 16 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm at Adelaide Oval on June 24, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

An unnamed NRL coach has reportedly been involved in an altercation with a fellow patron at the races, with the coach man-handled by security following the fracas last week, per Wide World of Sports.

According to The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent, Newcastle’s Adam O’Brien is the coach in question.

It is understood that the coach in question was allegedly inebriated when the patron accidently collided with them in the bathrooms.

The report suggests the coach was aggravated and attempted to provoke a fight with the fellow race-goer, who was apologetic at the time.

Security soon came to diffuse the situation, with one guard divulging the nature of the scenes to WWOS.

“If that was a player, he would have been hauled over the coals, fined and publicly shamed,” they said.

“The coach was arrogant and belligerent and even used the old, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ line when we escorted him out of the men’s room and told him to cool it.

“For a guy who is supposed to be a leader of young men, it was very poor form.”

It is understood that the coach’s club have been made aware of the altercation.


  1. Gee, imagine O’Brien as coach of the Broncos. The players and coach could all get locked up and suspended at the same time. Got no time for people who can’t control the drink and fancy O’Brien thinking he was a somebody!

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