South Sydney star Cody Walker has been cleared by NSW Police over a Casino street brawl in December in which he was filmed kicking a man in the chest.
On Wednesday afternoon NSW Police confirmed two men, aged 20 and 21, had been issued charges for offensive behaviour and the investigation has been concluded.
Walker, 30, has escaped charge over the incident while an investigation into claims he was blackmailed for $20,000 are ongoing.
“Earlier this week, detectives from Richmond Police District commenced an investigation into an incident in Casino on 1 December 2019,” a statement read.
“Following extensive inquiries, two men – aged 20 and 21 – were each issued a Criminal Infringement Notice (CIN) today, for offensive behaviour.
“The investigation has concluded, and no further action will be taken.”
The bizarre video was posted on social media earlier this week after Walker reported an alleged extortion attempt over the footage to NSW Police.
Walker claimed his manager Matt Rose received a phone call on Saturday demanding $20,000 or video of the fight would be sold to media.
The NRL’s integrity unit was only informed of the December incident this week.
While he has not been charged by police, Walker is in danger of being sidelined by the NRL ahead of round three.
It’s understood the NRL will determine Walker’s punishment by the end of this week allowing South Sydney a week to prepare for the Roosters on Friday night.
He has indicated he will not appeal any sanction handed down.
Meanwhile, Walker addressed Souths teammates this week to vow his off-field dramas would not be a distraction.
“He reassured us it wasn’t going to distract him from his main goal and that’s to be with us boys and try to win a premiership,” said Rabbitohs teammate Dane Gagai.
“The way he’s been training and how we’ve all been training there’s been no signs it will be a distraction.”