NBL stars are attacked in late-night street confrontation in Cairns after a crushing loss – as two men are charged over the incident
- Adelaide 36ers basketball players were confronted by two men on Sunday
- The men left a club before allegedly verbally and physically attacking the players
- Police charged the men with public nuisance and will appear in court next month
- The players involved included US imports Jerome Randle and Eric Griffin
Basketball players mourning a crushing loss have been abused and attacked by two men while leaving a nightclub in North Queensland.
The Adelaide 36ers players were leaving Gilligan’s backpackers hotel in Cairns on Sunday after a loss to the Cairns Taipans.
US imports Jerome Randle and Eric Griffin, and development player Alex Mudronja were attacked on Lake and Spence streets in the CBD about 3am.
Two men, aged 20 and 21, had left a nearby nightclub before allegedly confronting and assaulting the players.
Former veteran forward Daniel Johnson and centre Harry Froling were also allegedly abused by the men minutes prior, The Cairns Post reported.
The group of NBL stars were on their way home when they were allegedly attacked
Police attended the scene and charged the men with public nuisance and are due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court next month.
Police will allege the altercation began as verbal before escalating to a physical attack.
Adelaide’s chief executive Ben Kavenagh and general manager Jeff Van Gronigen confirmed the altercation occurred and believe their players acted accordingly.
‘We are aware that an incident occurred, our players do have behaviours and standards that we expect and none of which were breached,’ Mr Kavenagh told the publication.
Eric Griffin of the 36ers was also caught in the alleged altercation with two young men on Sunday morning
‘As people appear to have been arrested we can’t comment further as the matter is in police hands.
‘We have an expected level of behaviour at all times and we are very confident that has not been breached by our players.’
None of the players allegedly involved have been charged.
The 36ers lost 108-91 to the Taipans.
The Adelaide 36ers players were walking home from Gilligan’s (pictured) in Cairns when they were allegedly confronted by the men