NSW coach Laurie Daley says he wants to know the full details before deciding whether to select Michael Jennings for the State of Origin decider in Brisbane.
The Blues’ centre was charged with offensive behaviour after being arrested early on Saturday morning in Parramatta in Sydney’s west.
Daley said he would wait until all the relevant facts were gathered before determining whether to sack or retain the 27-year-old star.
“Until I receive all the facts and all the relevant information, I won’t be saying anything,” Daley told AAP.
Jennings, named man of the match after starring in Origin II on Wednesday night at the MCG, has been a staple of the Blues’ backline since making his NSW debut in 2009.
And with the series to be decided on July 8, sacking the Roosters star would be the biggest call of Daley’s coaching career.
However, Daley has shown he isn’t afraid to punish players for bringing the game into disrepute.
Just last year, he dumped then-NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce for also being arrested in a wild night out in Kings Cross just two weeks before game one.
Police say Jennings approached them in an aggressive manner when they tried to speak to another man who was allegedly kicking a car park boom gate.
Jennings was arrested and taken to Parramatta police station, where he was issued with a field court attendance notice for hindering police and offensive behaviour.
He is expected to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Monday, July 20 – 12 days after the Suncorp Stadium decider.
Sydney Roosters CEO Brian Canavan confirmed the charge with AAP, and said the matter had been reported to the NRL integrity unit on Saturday morning.
“We’re doing our own investigation,” Canavan said.
He said Jennings might have been “coming off a bit of a high” following the Blues’ Origin win on Wednesday in Melbourne.