Troubled Wests Tigers young gun Matthew Lodge has found himself in more trouble and now without a club, after an incident in New York.
Spending time in NY after the NRL season, Lodge allegedly stalked two women and assaulted a man who attempted to intervene. The incident occurred after 10pm on Friday night, when Lodge followed the women to their apartment. A spokesman for the NYPD said the now former Tiger told the women “this is the night you die” before he followed them into an apartment building.
A man allowed the terrified women into the building in an attempt to protect them, however Lodge followed them first into the building and then into the man’s apartment. Inside, he assaulted the man while the women called 911. Police arrived in time to arrest Lodge, who has now been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, assault, and menacing.
Lodge has now had his contract torn up by the Tigers. This comes only weeks after he was stood down by the club on August 21, when he was charged in Sydney with domestic violence, assault, stalking and intimidation.
Lodge is also infamous for writing profanities on his wristband during the 2015 Under 20s State Of Origin match. The Penrith junior has also had a stint with the Melbourne Storm, and will likely find it difficult to find himself a role at another club.