The Broncos player addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon after a turbulent weekend for Fifita and the club, where the alleged punching of a bouncer early Saturday morning saw the 19-year-old held in custody for three days in Kuta, requiring the club welfare officer to fly over and assist in bringing him back.
“I’m just glad to see him home,” Oates said.
“It’s never great to hear any player over there in an incident like that.
“I don’t think he’s that sort of bloke. He’s a very nice young kid, it could be wrong place, wrong time…or I hope it’s just a completely false story.”
Following the peace agreement that saw Fifita’s release, Oates believes that the popular Australian holiday destination could be avoided by NRL players for the short term given a spate of incidents.
“I think it’ll (Bali) be off a lot of players’ radar (sic) for a while now, and it’s probably a smart thing,” Oates said.