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NRL player sacked by club for vaping in toilet cubicle during game

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New Zealand international Kevin Proctor has been sacked by the Gold Coast Titans after steaming in a toilet stall during his team’s loss to Canterbury in Australia’s National Rugby League on Sunday.

Video of Proctor steaming during the Titans’ 36-26 loss at Western Sydney Stadium was deleted from his Instagram account, but not before it was shared widely on social media.

The 33-year-old second-row forward, who made 22 caps for his country, did not play in the game but was part of the Titans’ matchday squad.

“Proctor has been … released from his duties with the club for the remainder of the year and will not return to train or play with the roster,” the Titans said in a statement.

“His actions violated both NRL and stadium regulations.”

Vaping is banned in Australian stadiums and NRL players are banned from having their mobile phones on them from one hour before their teams’ games start.

Proctor, an NRL championship winner with the Melbourne Storm in 2012, has been penalized multiple times for off-field trouble since joining the Titans in 2017.

He was dropped from the New Zealand Rugby League World Cup squad in 2017 after he was caught on video snorting a white substance outside a Canberra nightclub with Kiwi’s team-mate Jesse Bromwich.

He was also suspended for four games in 2020 after biting another New Zealand teammate, Shaun Johnson, during a game against the Cronulla Sharks.

Proctor had not played for the Titans since the ninth round in May and was out of contract at the end of the 2022 season.

Reuters

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