Shaun Kenny-Dowall is expected to miss a few more games after being hospitalized following domestic violence charges filed against him.
The Syndey Rooster player was excused from attending court today after it was revealed that he was admitted to the Wesley Hospital, ABC reported. According to Chris Watson, Kenny-Dowall’s lawyer, he has not spoken to his client lately but a letter from the hospital was presented in court.
The case was adjourned for August and no other details have been released.
Reports reveal he was admitted last Tuesday for mental health assessment.
Because of his health issues, Roosters coach Trent Robinson confirmed that the athlete may miss games in the NRL. However, the coach clarified that it isn’t because of the charges he is facing.
“We will stand by him, and he won’t be playing this weekend and it’s most likely he won’t be playing next weekend,” Robinson explained, quotes another ABC report.
“He is not playing because of a welfare issue, it is not because we believe he is guilty of the fact, and that is definitely not for us to decide.”
The Roosters are scheduled to face the Wests Tigers on Friday and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on July 31.
According to The Guardian, the 27-year-old athlete was arrested on Saturday following 10 charges of assault and stalking filed against him by his former partner, Jessica Peris. The events reportedly happen between October 2014 and June 2015.
ABC noted the charges also include menace and harassment using a mobile phone and causing damage to property.
“I’ve had many chats with Shaun about this. It’s a tough period for him at the moment. He’s in a bit of a dark place with where things are at,” Coach Robinson revealed to Fox Sports, noted ABC.
Kenny-Dowall has yet to comment on the issue.