NRL star Blake Ferguson arrested in Japan for allegedly beating man and found with cocaine
Soccer star Blake Ferguson arrested in Japan on suspicion of cocaine possession after “punching another guest in Tokyo restaurant”
- Former Eels player arrested in Japan for allegedly beating man in restaurant
- Blake Ferguson, 31, was taken to Azabu Police Station in Tokyo on December 30
- Officers searched the player’s belongings and allegedly discovered cocaine
- He recently signed with the Japanese rugby union team the NEC Green Rockets
NRL superstar Blake Ferguson was arrested in Japan after allegedly attacking a man in a restaurant before being found transporting cocaine.
The former Parramatta Eels player was taken by Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers to Azabu police station around 6:30 a.m. on December 30.
Police detailed Ferguson for allegedly beating another man at a restaurant in Roppongi in Minato City, a popular Tokyo nightclub district.
Officers searched the soccer star’s belongings at the police station and allegedly found cocaine, local media reported.
Ferguson only signed with the NEC Green Rockets in the Japanese Top League and moved to the land of the rising sun a few months earlier.
NRL superstar Blake Ferguson (right) was arrested in Japan after he allegedly attacked a man in a restaurant before he was found carrying cocaine
The alleged incident comes just months after Ferguson signed with the NEC Green Rockets in the Japanese Top League and moved to the land of the rising sun.
He joined former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika currently director of rugby at the Rockets and former Wallaby Scott Fardy who works as a defense coach.
His team confirmed his arrest with a short statement on its website.
“Blake Ferguson, a contract player belonging to NEC Green Rockets Tokatsu, was arrested on December 30 on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs,” he said.
“We deeply apologize for causing so much concern and inconvenience to everyone involved.
“Our team is cooperating fully with the police investigation and is working to understand the situation.”
Japan has some of the toughest drug laws in the world, even a simple charge of possession of cocaine that could face up to five years in prison.
Ferguson is thousands of miles from the daughter he shares with ex-girlfriend Dominique Moraitis and the two sons he has with ex-partner Bianca Menniti.
The player regularly posts photos of his two sons London and Harlo, and recently shared a photo of his ‘baby sweetheart Luna’, born in April this year.
The former couple both broke the good news on their respective Instagram accounts alongside a photo of the newborn baby.
He proposed to Dominique Moraitis, the granddaughter of fruit and vegetable patriarch Morco Fresh and multimillionaire Nick Moraitis, in May last year, but the couple have since separated.
Ferguson is currently thousands of miles away from the daughter he shares with ex-girlfriend Dominique Moraitis and the two sons he has with ex-partner Bianca Menniti
“Welcome to the world my dear Luna,” Ferguson wrote at the time.
The winger announced his separation from Dominique, 26, in February, just months after their engagement was announced.
He offered the granddaughter of fruit and vegetable patriarch Morco Fresh and multimillionaire Nick Moraitis, in May of last year.
The veteran winger has played for the Eels since 2019, scoring 24 tries in 57 games and helping the team advance to the final three years in a row.
However, the club have announced that they have no plans to re-sign the player in 2022, causing the code to pass to rugby union.
Eels general manager of football, Mark O’Neill, thanked Ferguson and three other players for their contributions to the team.
The Parramatta Eels have announced that they have no plans to step down from Ferguson in 2022 or beyond, prompting the player to pass codes to rugby union in Japan.
“These players have made a significant contribution to our club, especially Blake Ferguson who has been with our squad since 2019,” he said.
“The last two years have been difficult for all players and clubs in the NRL. The commitment of these players during this period is commendable.
“We thank them for their service and commitment to the Club and we wish them the best for the next step in their careers and their lives.
“They will always be part of our Bleu et Or family.”
Ferguson dreams of representing the Wallabies at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, having played for the NSW Blues at the Origin level and the Kangaroos at the international level.