Wallabies and Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt has stood down voluntarily from all contractual rugby obligations, his lawyer says, after he was charged with drug possession in Brisbane.
Hunt was arrested in the city’s Fortitude Valley early on Saturday morning after police allegedly caught the 31-year-old with what is believed to be cocaine.
His lawyer Adam Magill said Hunt was “devastated and very upset”.
“He is not in a good way emotionally” Mr Magill said.
“The penny is starting to drop and he is just coming to terms with what is in jeopardy.”
Hunt re-signed with the Queensland Reds last month for another two years.
Mr Magill said he could not give his client any advice as he had not yet seen a police summary of the facts.
“I am stuck between a rock and a hard place as I don’t know what the allegations are,” Mr Magill said.
Mr Magill said Hunt was trying deal with family issues on top of everything else.
In March 2015, Hunt was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to four counts of cocaine possession and also fined $30,000 by rugby officials and suspended for six weeks.
Hunt was among seven Gold Coast Titans players charged over an alleged drugs ring uncovered by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission.
Hunt is required to appear in Brisbane’s Magistrates Court on January 29.