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Knights boss Peter Parr concedes Kalyn Ponga being caught in a toilet cubicle ‘isn’t a good look’

Knights boss breaks his silence after superstar Kalyn Ponga was caught on video being thrown out of a toilet cubicle with teammate Kurt Mann – as another two Newcastle stars are punished

  • Knights Director of Football Peter Parr spoke to media on Tuesday morning
  • Confirmed incident with Ponga and Kurt Mann is now under investigation
  • Club will act accordingly once NRL Integrity Unit complete their investigation
  • Ponga and Mann asked to leave a pub after they caught in a cubicle together 

Newly appointed Newcastle Knights Director of Football Peter Parr has admitted star fullback Kalyn Ponga being asked to leave a toilet cubicle with teammate Kurt Mann ‘isn’t a good look’.

Parr broke his silence on the matter on Tuesday morning and confirmed the incident from a Newcastle pub on Saturday night is being investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit. 

He stressed it was important the club allow the process to be completed before handing down any potential punishments to the two players.

Knights teammates Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann asked to leave a pub after they caught in a toilet cubicle together on Saturday in Newcastle

New Knights Director of Football Peter Parr (pictured with the late Paul Green) admitted it 'isn't a good look'

New Knights Director of Football Peter Parr (pictured with the late Paul Green) admitted it ‘isn’t a good look’

Ponga is the club’s co-captain and comfortably their highest-paid player. 

‘It is not a good look, but all the facts are not established,’ Parr said.

‘We will co-operate with the NRL Integrity Unit and let the process run its course.’

In a further example of the club’s poor culture, Bradman Best and Enari Tuala have been dropped to NSW Cup this weekend.

The pair were late to the team bus on Sunday morning after they were trounced 28-10 by the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.   

‘They weren’t late by a long-period of time,’ Parr said. ‘But they didn’t meet the standards necessary.’

Parr is also expected to read the riot act to the entire NRL squad following revelations some players are turning up to training late and not wearing club gear at all times.

Ponga purchased a home in the Newcastle suburb of Merewether on Saturday afternoon after bidding $2.4million at auction.

According to News Corp, Ponga will face some intense questioning from the Knights board, after he was reportedly ‘drinking himself into a stupor’ at the watering hole.

It isn’t a good look – especially in public – with the Knights battling to avoid the wooden spoon and Ponga only racking up 14 appearances this season. 

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