The Canberra Raiders are a club in chaos, unable to confirm whether troubled centre Blake Ferguson was driving a sponsor's car while his licence was suspended.
Ferguson is in trouble again, after he was caught by NSW police speeding and driving while under suspension. The infringement could be compounded because, up until last week, Ferguson was also driving a club-sponsored vehicle.
The Raiders were embarrassingly forced to contact sponsor Canberra Toyota on Thursday and explain the situation.
NSW Police confirmed a 23-year-old man was clocked driving a Toyota Yaris, allegedly travelling at 128km/h in a 110km/h zone on the Hume Highway near Mittagong, about halfway between Canberra and Sydney about 2.15pm last Saturday.
Checks revealed the man's ACT licence was already suspended. He was issued with a speeding ticket for exceeding the limit by more than 10km/h and a court attendance notice for driving while suspended. He will appear at Moss Vale Local Court on October 21.
Ferguson will also face a court in Sydney next Tuesday, relating to an indecent-assault charge.
Ferguson was not driving the sponsored car at the time of the speeding infringement. However, Ferguson was pictured by The Canberra Times on August 20 driving the club vehicle, provided as part of his $300,000 salary package.
The Raiders were not able to confirm whether Ferguson was licensed at the time because they had no knowledge his licence had been suspended. The club has not been able to contact Ferguson, despite the board issuing him with an ultimatum to face it in the next few days to explain his erratic behaviour. A Raiders spokesman said Ferguson should have made the club aware of his licence suspension, as it was a sponsor's car.
The Raiders say Ferguson, who hasn't been in Canberra since last Saturday, had left the sponsor's car behind in the ACT.
Ferguson has been stood down without pay for missing training and drinking while injured.Ferguson has been in Sydney in recent days, and on Wednesday night Grayson Goodwin - younger brother of NRL players Bryson and Bronx Goodwin - posted a photo on social-media site Instagram of the pair in a car - Ferguson in the back seat - with the line ''I found him''.
with Fleta Page