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Newcastle Knights forward Zane Tetevano sacked for smashing taxi windscreen


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Zane Tetevano has had his contract terminated by the Newcastle Knights due to disciplinary reasons, effective immediately.

Tetevano was fined $440 and convicted in Belmont Local Court on Wednesday morning for smashing a taxi windscreen.

Sacked Newcastle prop Zane Tetevano.

Sacked Newcastle prop Zane Tetevano. Photo: Simone De Peak

The court heard Tetevano lost his temper after an argument with his then partner.

Court documents show the Merewether 23-year-old punched the glass panel on April 28.

He has since apologised to the driver and paid the $500 damage bill.

‘‘The Knights will however provide the appropriate duty of care for Tetevano as he transitions out of the club,’’ the Knights said in a statement.

‘‘The NRL Integrity Unit is aware of the matter. The club wishes Tetevano all the best for the future.’’

8 comments so far

  • Zane is only 23 yo with a lot to learn. Sure he misbehaved, and is genuinely remorseful I

    imagine. He needed to be disciplined without a doubt.

    But sacking him is harsh in my opinion, unless he has offended previously and I am unaware of it.

    Mitchell Pearce's behaviour was far, far worse, the Roosters didn't sack him, and the

    RL powers are allowing him to play State of Origin. Where is the comparison?

    old fella
    Date and time
    May 14, 2014, 3:56PM
    • This is not his first incident, it's the 2nd (that we know of). Both incidents included violence and his partner. In my opinion as a member of the club sacking him is one of the few things they've done right recently. Anything to do with violence towards women should be dealt with quickly and harshly, zero tolerance.

      I hope this the wake up call he needs.

      Date and time
      May 14, 2014, 6:28PM
    • Seano I agree with you about protecting women, the OP's right though Pearce is as bad - afterall he didn't lunge at a taxi windscreen he actually went for the woman.

      Date and time
      May 15, 2014, 2:44PM
  • Another Jackass.

    Date and time
    May 14, 2014, 4:16PM
    • The NRL is a sham organisation, the only players disciplined in this way are second rung players. High profile players like Pearce and Bird are just tolerated when they break the rules. No wonder the Rugby League Commission has gone AWOL.

      Date and time
      May 14, 2014, 7:57PM
  • A former Director - General of the NSW Dept of Education and Communities was imprisoned in 1986 at age 21 on a significant drugs charge. I agree that sacking Tetevano is extremely harsh, given that he is still young, and with rehabilitation for what is hardly a hanging offence, could still make a worthwhile contribution to the Knights. The comparison between Pearce and Tetevano, old fella, is that Mitchell Pearce received a fine for a misdemeanour, recorded without conviction I believe, while Tetevano was convicted, according to the article above. Apart from arguing with police, I'm still not sure what Pearce did.

    Wild West
    Date and time
    May 14, 2014, 6:51PM
    • Talk about inequity. Mason picked up DUI going to work and not a word of sanction by the club. Tetevano, young, low profile, one previous mention, sacked. No wonder the Knights are in such a hole with such hypocritical, inept management.

      Date and time
      May 14, 2014, 9:53PM
      • And Mitchell Pearce"s crime, apart from being an obnoxious twit, was ??........

        Being accountable to decency he is, to one eyed bigoted morons he is not.

        Date and time
        May 14, 2014, 10:58PM

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