Bridal waltz: Greg Bird on his wedding day with new bride, Becky. Greg Bird’s week from hell just got worse after he broke down at training on Wednesday with a knee injury.
On the same day he fronted a Titans tribunal to explain why he urinated on or near a car the day after his wedding, the Gold Coast co-captain raised fears at a regulation training session. Titans medical staff believe he has a minor strain to his medial ligament and will have precautionary scans.
Bird admitted his actions were “stupid” and he admitted he had put a “dampener” on wedding celebrations after receiving an infringement notice from police after leaving the Beach Hotel, where he was having dinner with his wife and friends. Bird and James Roberts faced the Gold Coast Titans’ disciplinary committee hearing on Wednesday. Roberts was arrested and charged with being a public nuisance following an incident in Surfers Paradise in October but the charges were subsequently dropped.
Bird is one of the highest-profile players in the game, finally tasting success at State of Origin level after his beloved Blues ended Queensland’s domination earlier this year. There has been speculation he may be stripped of the Titans’ captaincy following his latest indiscretion, but teammate Aiden Sezer hoped it wouldn’t come to that.
“Birdy is one of our leaders, he leads from the front,” Sezer said at Auckland Nines jersey launch in Sydney. “The club obviously have their policies and procedures and we can’t do much as players. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s our captain and that’s the way it is until now.”
The Titans released a statement on Thursday night: “The Gold Coast Titans Disciplinary hearings for Greg Bird and James Roberts concluded a short time ago. The finalisation of the process will occur overnight where the Titans Board members will be contacted to ratify the recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee. The Titans will formally announce the outcome at some stage tomorrow.”