NRL star says racist remark led to alleged brawl
UPDATE: Dragons playmaker Corey Norman and former Panther James Segeyaro have claimed racial abuse led to a Friday night brawl currently under NRL investigation.
Channel 7 aired footage of a group of men shoving each other on a Cronulla street before throwing punches in a wild street fight, but it's unclear in the footage exactly what Norman and Segeyaro did.
The pair - who run fashion label YKTR (You Know The Rules) together - released a statement on their company Instagram saying Segeyaro had been subject to horrific racial taunts.
"Chicko (Segeyaro) and Corey were involved in an altercation in Cronulla, on Friday night," the statement reads.
"The two boys were walking home after a dinner with two females, when they were approached by a group of four men. One of whom began to racially abuse Chicko, calling him the N-word. An argument ensued, and Corey came in to defuse the situation.
"He was then blindsided, and a fight broke out. It had all but broken up, when one of them threatened to pull a knife.
"As individuals and as a brand we will always stand up against racism. Sometimes it's as simple as re-sharing a post or making a video. Other times, it means defending yourself.
"Although we don't condone violence, if there is a time to fight, then let it be against racism, protecting female company and having your friend's back.
"Corey let his club know the next morning, and we have been in touch with the RLPA regarding the incident."
EARLIER: The NRL is investigating a brawl in Cronulla on Friday night, allegedly involving one of the league's star players and a former player.
Channel Seven aired footage of a group of men shoving each other before throwing punches in a wild street fight.
While the brawl happened in Cronulla, it's not believed the player involved in the fight is from the Sharks.
The NRL Integrity Unit has confirmed an investigation is underway.
The Dragons also released a statement saying they were working with Norman to establish the facts around the matter, while the NRL confirmed they were investigating.
"The NRL Integrity Unit is aware of the video and is investigating the matter," an NRL spokesman said.
The NRL is unaware at this stage of what role Norman played in the alleged incident but is waiting to speak to the Dragons' five-eighth.
Norman, who is one of the highest paid players in rugby league, is in the final year of a three-year deal at the Dragons worth $850,000 a season.
The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating claims a high-profile player and a former player were involved in a street brawl in Cronulla on Friday night. Video has surfaced showing around eight people arguing in a laneway before punches were thrown. https://t.co/TWh1KQycs4 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/5nkONyKHJV— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) January 24, 2021
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Originally published as NRL star allegedly caught in street brawl