Nelson Asofa-Solomona of the Storm reacts during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm at the SCG in Sydney, Saturday, September 28, 2019. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Nelson Asofa-Solomona of the Storm reacts during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm at the SCG in Sydney, Saturday, September 28, 2019. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Storm star to tell all about Bali brawl

Melbourne's Nelson Asofa-Solomona has arrived back in Australia vowing "my side of the story will soon be told" after allegedly being involved in a violent street fight in Bali.

The giant Storm forward has cut short an end-of-season trip with teammates to return home and face questions over an incident that was partly captured on a mobile phone.

When Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu was coward punched outside a Bali nightclub over the weekend, front-row enforcer Asofa-Solomona allegedly took matters into his own hands.

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It has been alleged that a man involved in a violent street brawl is the Nelson Asofa-Solomona from the Storm. (screen grab from Twitter).
It has been alleged that a man involved in a violent street brawl is the Nelson Asofa-Solomona from the Storm. (screen grab from Twitter).

 

He told Storm officials in a phone call that he became involved in the fight after a patron had attacked his teammate in an unprovoked assault.

His version of events has been backed up by eyewitnesses.

"He just went berserk," according to a source in Bali, "His mate got whacked and he went off."

Storm officials organised for Asofa-Solomona to return to Melbourne immediately. "My side of the story will be told soon," he told Channel 7, after landing at Melbourne Airport on Monday morning.

 

 

Asofa-Solomona will front chief executive Dave Donaghy and face questioning from the NRL integrity unit.

Storm officials are expected to come down hard on the front-rower. That he was reacting to Vunivalu being assaulted will not save him from a possible fine or suspension.

 

Asofa-Solomona will meet with the integrity unit. Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images.
Asofa-Solomona will meet with the integrity unit. Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images.

 

"Storm takes these type of incidents very seriously," a spokesman said.

"While it is admirable for a front-rower to protect teammates on the football field, the fact he took the law into his own hands will not help his case."

Another Storm official said: "No matter what the circumstances are, we don't accept this sort of behaviour."

Nearly a dozen Melbourne Storm players have been in Bali for several days on an end of season trip, including Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Brandon Smith and Tui Kamikamica.

Asofa-Solomona's position in the Kiwi squad for upcoming Test matches against Australia and Great Britain is now in doubt considering New Zealand's hard stance on disciplinary issues in recent years.

News Corp Australia


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