After a year of incidents including a high-range drink driving conviction and a fine over a drunken brawl, Bulldogs player Jacob Loko has been arrested for ecstasy possession, leaving his NRL career in tatters.
The 23-year-old was arrested at The Star casino in the early hours of Saturday, where police allege he was carrying a quantity of MDMA. He was released without charge, pending an investigation, while a 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with supply.
The NRL Integrity Unit will investigate the issue, while late yesterday, the Canterbury Bulldogs issued a terse statement saying that Loko’s contract with the club will not be renewed:
“Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player Jacob Loko has been investigated by police in relation to possession of the drug ecstasy. Whilst contracted to the club until the end of the month, Loko has been told he would not have his contract renewed for 2016. The club will not make any further comment until the investigation is complete.”
In February of this year, Loko pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving in Manly Local Court, after he blew a reading almost four times over the legal blood alcohol limit.
In May, he was fined $10,000 after a violent brawl with George Taufua of Manly outside a Sydney bar; in addition to the fine, Cabterbury banned him for four matches and forbade him from drinking alcohol
Caterbury had already made the decision not to re-sign Loko, and given the latest incident, for which he may still face charges, it is unlikely that any other club will take a risk on signing him.