NRL star Curtis Scott’s legal representative Sam Macedone has revealed images of the aftermath of his boozy Australia Day arrest.
Scott was handcuffed while asleep after being found asleep under a tree just metres from NRL headquarters at 2.10am on January 27.
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The Canberra Raiders outside back was intoxicated and barely conscious before being handcuffed, doused with capsicum spray and tasered after police found him sleeping peacefully on his back at the base of a tree.
A series of charges were laid against Scott, but five serious charges of assaulting two police officers and resisting arrest were dropped after bodycam footage of the incident was shown in court.
Reports last week reported Scott is considering taking action and will likely file a formal complaint against the officers.
But after a nine month legal ordeal, Scott’s lawyer has revealed images following the incident, showing extensive bruising on the 22-year-old.
“The images you’ve got of the bruising and injuries to Curtis Scott are taken a few hours after the actual event,“ Scott‘s lawyer Macedone told Nine News.
“They’re very damaging because they show the end result of what the police did.
“I look at those bruises and think why does any member of the public have to suffer those injuries for simply falling asleep under a tree.
“It’s not feasible, I can’t understand it.
“When I see those I think I’d like to see whoever did those punished legally.”
Macedone said he believed Scott had a good case but would have to weigh up what it would mean to his playing career but said “if he’s determined to get some sort of compensation for what happened to him, I think he’d be successful”.
In an interview with 7News last week, Scott said he was bitter over the allegations of assaulting police but still said he had “faith in the police force”.
“I put my whole career on the line to clear my name and that’s a risk I was willing to take,“ Scott said.
“It’s been a massive dark cloud over my head and just thinking if that police footage wasn’t turned on … I would have been painted in this picture as assaulting police and I’d probably be on the shovel for the rest of my life.
“A lot of ex-NRL personalities turned their back on me pretty early and it kind of got to me a little bit, I tried to put on a brave face but when it feels like everyone is against you it takes a toll sooner or later.”
Scott has been out with injury over the last two weeks and hasn’t been included in the Raiders squad this weekend.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart last week he felt for the youngster especially after seeing the footage.
“It’s been a real tough nine months for him,” Stuart said last Friday.
“It’s always been very difficult when we can only go off people who have seen the vision, now you see the vision I feel for Curtis in regards with what he’s had to put up with.
“I believe it’s affected his football – his training and now there’s a huge weight lifted off his shoulders.
“Seeing what I’m seeing I can totally understand how it has affected his thinking and preparation towards football.
“I believe he has a lot to offer.”