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Origin star claims police humiliated him

By Todd Balym, Steve Jancetic and Laine Clark 12/06/2008 07:53:01 PM Comments (0)

NSW star Greg Bird says he was humiliated by Queensland police officers who handcuffed him for no reason in the early hours of Thursday morning in Brisbane.

Bird claims he was standing near a taxi rank at West End after drowning his sorrows following the 30-0 State of Origin drubbing from the Maroons on Wednesday night when two police officers jokingly arrested him.

He was released 30 seconds later and caught a cab back to the team hotel, but told AAP the unprovoked incident had caused him great embarrassment.

Bird informed Blues management of the incident on Thursday and team officials are investigating the matter with Queensland Police.

"Apparently it was some sort of gag," said Bird.

"It was pretty humiliating, I had no idea what was going on.

"He grabbed me. I was just standing there asking for directions and he put me in handcuffs.

"Everyone was there and then he let me go and that was it. He laughed and said 'just kidding'.

"I said it wasn't very funny and walked off."

NSW rugby league chairman Geoff Carr said team manager Craig Young had contacted the Queensland Police to seek an explanation for the alleged prank, but had not received any answers as the officers involved were yet to return to duty.

Carr was adamant that the police, and not Bird, were the ones at fault.

"As far as we can ascertain Greg Bird had nothing to do with the incident," said Carr.

"Craig Young is talking to Queensland Police. They wish to interview the police officers involved.

"There was an altercation at a hotel which had nothing to do with Greg Bird by our investigations.

"He did nothing wrong. Everything we have found out had nothing to do with him.

"He was at a taxi rank. The police went over and recognised him and put some cuffs on him for 30 seconds or so.

"The Queensland Police as I understand it are going to look into that and are waiting for the officers to come back on shift tonight and they will wear it.

"There was no police report of the incident, there was no report of anything.

"It appears that Queensland Police, in the early stage of our investigation, are the ones at fault and not Greg Bird."

Queensland Police media were contacted by AAP and said they were investigating the claims.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman on Thursday night said they had not received any complaints about officer conduct.

She said police were called to a large brawl outside a West End nightclub in the early hours which resulted in three arrests and a number of people being moved on.

"No complaint has been received about the conduct of police as a result of the incident," she said.

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