Revealed: The incredibly vile spray drunk rugby league legend gave police in Singapore in incident that forced his resignation from one of the game’s top jobs
- Rugby league great Mark Coyne arrested in Singapore in June for verbal abuse
- Coyne was charged with abusing a public servant during June 2 altercation
- The details of the vile spray he levelled at police were revealed to the court
- Coyne has stood down from his role with the ARL Commission
Former State of Origin and NRL great Mark Coyne called a policeman a ‘dog’ and a ‘cock’ during a foul-mouthed tirade after a boozy night out in Singapore.
Details of the vile spray emerged in court on Wednesday where the rugby league great was fined $4100.
Coyne was arrested in the early hours of June 2 in the up-market Orchard Road district of Singapore after abusing Sergeant Dominic Song Guo Quan.
According to the The Sydney Morning Herald, Coyne continued to rant at the police officer in transit to the police station.
He called the sergeant a ‘f***ing dickhead’ and threatened to sue him ‘through your f***ing arse’.
Coyne’s charge sheet also shows that he said the police were a ‘bunch of f***ing idiots’ before telling Quan ‘you are a cock, you are a prick, you guys are f***wits’.
The shocking details around the tirade former State of Origin and NRL great Mark Coyne subjected Singapore Police to have been revealed in court documents
The former Queensland player was arrested in the up-market district of Orchard Road in Singapore after he verbally abused a taxi driver during a night out in June
On Thursday Coyne emailed broadcaster Alan Jones to explain his actions.
‘Can I say upfront how embarrassed and ashamed I am of my behaviour,’ the email reads.
Coyne goes on to explain that he had been out with friends in Singapore when he ‘realised he had had too much to drink’.
He got into a cab and following a ‘misunderstanding’ the driver called the police.
‘Because I was not carrying my passport, the police said I was regarded as an illegal immigrant,’ Coyne said.
‘I was put in a police van, I admit that made me angry and my language was bad.’
Coyne pleaded guilty to the charge of using threatening words towards a public servant.
The offence carries a maximum fine of $5200 or up to 12 months in jail.
The former Dragons’ player was appointed to the ARL Commission in February.
However an official statement from the league confirmed that Coyne has now agreed to stand down.
Rugby League Commission Chair Peter Beattie (pictured) said he had spoken with Coyne over the phone on Tuesday to discuss the incident
Rugby League Commission Chair Peter Beattie said he had spoken with Coyne over the phone on Tuesday to discuss the incident.
‘Mark has agreed to stand down from the ARLC until he and I can have a longer conversation about the facts,’ Mr Beattie said in a statement.
When he was appointed to his role on the commission Coyne said he had aspirations of someday replacing Mr Beattie as Rugby League Commission Chair.
Beattie had previously said that Coyne had the ‘type of skills and background we want on the Commission.’
Coyne built a long career in the NRL having played 222 games for the Dragons, 19 games for Queensland in the State of Origin along with nine appearances for Australia.
In an email to 2GB radio host Allan Jones the former rugby league player expressed his embarrassment at the incident.
‘Can I say upfront how embarrassed and ashamed of my behaviour. I have never been in this type of trouble in my life,’ he wrote.
‘The embarrassment is more for my family than myself as I will absolutely take ownership of my behaviour.’
Coyne (pictured) built a long career in the NRL having played 222 games for the Dragons, 19 games for Queensland in the State of Origin along with nine appearances for Australia