Josh Addo-Carr in startling revelation after suspension for Kangaroos

The Canterbury flyer was wiped out of Australia's Pacific Test series after being involved in an ugly punch-up.

Seen here, Bulldogs and Kangaroos winfer Josh Addo-Carr.
Josh Addo-Carr has shed light on the Koori Knockout punch-up that saw him suspended for two Kangaroos Tests. Pic: Getty/Twitter

Canterbury winger Josh Addo-Carr has revealed he was "knocked out" before becoming involved in an ugly brawl at the Koori Knockout tournament that saw him ultimately suspended for the Kangaroos. The Bulldogs speedster missed Australia's win against Samoa on Saturday after copping a two-game ban and a $5000 fine over the incident at the Indigenous footy carnival.

Addo-Carr was involved in a wild brawl while playing for the Sydney All Blacks in the tournament that takes place every year across the October long weekend, seeing bush and park footy players line up against some of the stars of the NRL. The match was subsequently cancelled in the wake of the punch-up, with Addo-Carr going on to suggest that an early game incident could have contributed to the ugly scenes.

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"There were a few situations during the game that led to that," he told the Let’s Trot podcast hosted by veteran NRL winger Josh Mansour. " I was copping it all game against the Wallgett boys and ended up getting knocked out, put to sleep five, ten minutes into the game.

" It was a fiery game. Two strong teams, two proud communities going against each other. It was unfortunate that that incident happened at the end of the game."

Addo-Carr also revealed that he appealed the two-game suspension and $5000 fine - $3000 of which is suspended for 12 months. The World Cup-winning star was originally picked for Mal Meninga's Kangaroos side but subsequently rubbed out of the two Pacific Tests against Samoa and New Zealand.

Bulldogs have had a 'good chat' with Josh Addo-Carr

There were fears the incident could jeopardise the future of the 28-year-old flyer at the Bulldogs, where he was signed on a reported $2 million deal for four seasons until the end of 2025. However, Addo-Carr met with Bulldogs officials last week for crunch talks on his future, with Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould confirming the representative winger is "remorseful" for his actions and ready to move forward with the club.

"We had a good chat," Gould told Channel Nine. "Josh has had an eventful couple of weeks. He was most apologetic and keen to redeem himself.

"Pressure and stress can manifest itself in different ways at times. He has called (NRL chief executive) Andrew Abdo and (NRL integrity unit boss) Jason King personally to offer his apologies. We will get him back on track."

Pictured right is Phil Gould and Josh Addo-Carr on left.
Bulldogs head of football Phil Gould (pictured right) has spoken with Josh Addo-Carr about his future at the club. (Getty Images)

Addo-Carr was also involved in off-field drama recently after sharing a post on social media likening Palestine's situation to that of Indigenous land rights in Australia. He later deleted the post, before offering his apologies over the incident, admitting that he was not properly across the most recent developments between Israelis and Palestinians.

"I would like to begin by apologising for any offence I have caused due to my recent social media post," Addo-Carr said. "As a proud First Nations man, I saw a message of support against displacement and land rights, and I shared this without full consideration to, or understanding of, the current events happening overseas.

"I recognise that this is a mistake. As soon as it was brought to my attention, I deleted my post and felt remorse. Having gone away and looked at what is happening overseas, it is a complex situation.

"There are no winners in war and where there is loss of life. The message I thought I was sharing, was a message of respect for all people. This is the message I wish to share now. Respect; respect for each other, and each other's culture."

with AAP

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