Nanjing Night Net

Earl wants a shot at redemption

SANDOR EARL, the rookie winger released by the Roosters after he finished a night out locked in police cells with recently sacked hooker Jake Friend, halfback Mitchell Pearce and Manly’s Kieran Foran, wants a second shot at the NRL to prove the kind of person he really is.Insisting he did nothing wrong at the Tank nightclub, the 20-year-old – who has been linked to the Wests Tigers among other clubs – warned other young footballers to learn from his misfortune.”We were probably out a bit too late,” he said of the night he celebrated his first grade debut. ”A few of the boys [and I] went out to the Tank nightclub and it went too long.”I don’t really drink, I’m not a big drinker, I don’t have a problem with alcohol and a lot of people I know were surprised when they heard of the trouble. I don’t have an issue with it.”Two members of the group became rowdy and pelted patrons at another table with ice. It ended in a scuffle and the subsequent allegation that a woman was hit in the face.”I didn’t throw any ice,” he said. ”I had been drinking but I’d sobered up when it happened. I was definitely in control. The next day when we went to the lawyer’s office I was the one who told the story [of events].”Earl found himself involved in the incident because he was sitting at the end of a horseshoe-shaped table. He intercepted a male member from the other group who made his way to their table.”There was swearing and abuse and the guy came over from the other group, and it was [probably] fortunate that I was at the end of the table,” he said. ”I got up and said there was six of us and to ‘let it go’.”There was still [verbal] abuse going on. Five seconds later the bouncers were there and we left.”We went outside and the bouncers came running out saying someone had hit a girl.”The group was asked for their identification and they weren’t allowed to leave the area. Earl said it was alleged he’d hit the woman with a haymaker. He also heard that both he and Friend were supposed to have thrown punches.”The reason the Roosters allowed me to keep playing after that was because I didn’t throw any punches,” he said. ”But the process [after a player gets in trouble] was a shock. It was full-on, you don’t realise what it is like until you go through it. We were dragged to the police station and we had to sit in the cells. We were instructed not to talk [to the media]. It was different. It was [after] my first first-grade game so not many people latched onto me but it was incredible to see a few footballers drinking and a scuffle [covered like] murder.”Earl said he did not believe the incident had ruined his life but he has no doubt it ended any chance he may have had at gaining a new deal with the Roosters.”Well, I don’t think it has affected my life but it didn’t put me in the right stead for football,” he said. ”It didn’t help my case to sign a new contract with the Roosters. However, it has come up in [contract] talks with potential clubs.”Brad Fittler [former Roosters coach] has been great. He’s vouched for me to a few people and I appreciate that. I won’t let him down if I get that shot.”Friend, 19, was sacked by the Roosters during the week after being charged with using offensive language towards police and failing to pay a taxi fare. The club has said it would continue to offer Friend whatever support he may need.Earl refused to comment on his former teammate.”All I can say is I’ve learned a lot,” he said.
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