Sutton will captain the Rabbitohs against the Northern Pride despite details emerging of an alcohol-fuelled incident in Arizona.
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John Sutton will captain the South Sydney Rabbitohs in its NRL trial match against Queensland Cup side Northern Pride on Saturday despite details emerging of an alcohol-fuelled bar fight in Arizona late last year.
The Rabbitohs released a statement on Sunday confirming that both Sutton and Luke Burgess were involved in a drunken bar fight during the team’s pre-season trip to Arizona in November 2014, with both players charged by police.
Police later dropped the charges, however the Rabbitohs did not initially disclose the reasoning behind Sutton’s axing as captain.
According to police reports obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, a security guard has asked Sutton to leave the premises before Burgess initiated a physical altercation.
Burgess reportedly threw the security guard to the floor, leaving him bloodied.
Police were called and both Sutton and Burgess were handcuffed on the side of the road, before being kept overnight at the Coconino County Detention Facility.
Sutton was reportedly abusive towards bar staff and spat on the counter.
Sutton had the captaincy stripped off him just months after leading the Rabbitohs to the 2014 premiership and was replaced by Greg Inglis.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been accused of trying to cover up the incident, however the club has denied such accusations.