It can be revealed that NRL star Anthony Milford did not assault his partner and mother of his two children during a pre-dawn rampage but instead allegedly assaulted onlookers who intervened when he was spotted arguing with her.
The 27-year-old was arrested in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley at 2am on Monday after arguing on the street with Miri Fa’i and allegedly pushing two women and one man who confronted him, before allegedly throwing a wheelie bin at a car.
The arrest was initially reported as a domestic violence incident but the Daily Mail Australia understands Milford and Fa’i were involved in a heated argument outside a nightclub when the three bystanders approached them.
Milford allegedly pushed the two women and one man before damaging the car.
Milford was arrested and spent the morning in police lock-up before being released on Monday.
‘A 27-year-old Forest Lake man was arrested nearby and charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage,’ a Queensland Police statement said.
‘He was given police bail to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 20.’
Fa’i and Milford have two daughters, Aaliyah and Ariana, and were set to depart Brisbane to live in Sydney for his move to play for South Sydney.
What these charges mean for Milford’s playing career is unclear, but his new $1million deal with Souths could be in jeopardy.
Milford has just departed the Broncos after signing a one-year contract on July 30 for South Sydney following a run of poor form with Brisbane.
The contract was due to commence in mid-November, but any suspension he faced would be served with Souths.
In 2019 the NRL introduced the no-fault stand-down policy – suspending players faced with serious criminal charges with a maximum jail term of 11 years or more.
Milford’s offences do not trigger the policy, but the NRL has discretionary power to suspend players, as it has done with Penrith’s Tyrone May and Manly’s Dylan Walker.
The NRL’s Integrity Unit is understood to be in contact with Queensland police and is assessing the charges.
The Broncos released a statement effectively saying the matter was no longer their concern.
‘Anthony Milford has completed his contractual duties with the Brisbane Broncos,’ the statement said.
‘He is on leave and due to begin a new NRL contract elsewhere at the commencement of the 2022 pre-season.
‘As the matter is now before the courts, the Broncos will make no further comment.’Internet Explorer Channel Network