The Melbourne Storm have stood down NRL player Tui Kamikamica after he was charged by Queensland Police over an alleged incident involving a woman in Brisbane, with the incident being investigated by the NRL’s integrity unit.
- The Storm were made aware of the charges on Thursday
- The club says it stood Kamikamica down because of the seriousness of the allegations
- Kamikamica played 22 matches for the Storm in the 2021 NRL season
On Friday afternoon, the Storm released a statement, confirming the club’s decision.
“Melbourne Storm has today stood down Tui Kamikamica after he was charged by Queensland police over an alleged incident involving a woman outside a Brisbane hotel,” the statement read.
“[The] Storm were made aware of the charges on Thursday afternoon and advised the NRL integrity unit immediately.
“Due to the seriousness of the allegations, the club made the decision to stand down Kamikamica, pending his plea in response to the allegations, the [outcome of the] NRL integrity unit investigation and the club concluding a formal, in-person interview with Kamikamica, who remains out of state.
“This will take place next week.
“[The] Storm believes firmly that there is no place in the game or society for violence against women at any time, in any circumstance.
“The club will not make further comment until it has been advised of Kamikamica’s plea and conducted further enquiries.”
Fiji-born Kamikamica played 22 matches for the Storm in the 2021 NRL season, including the preliminary-final loss to Penrith at Brisbane’s Lang Park in September.
The prop has made 55 appearances for the Storm since his NRL debut in 2017.
Kamikamica, 27, has represented Fiji at the Test level.