All Blacks Bridge, Mo’unga cleared of misbehavior
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Allegations of misbehavior by All Blacks Richie Mo’unga and George Bridge while in South Africa with the Crusaders Super Rugby team in May have been dismissed by New Zealand Rugby.
Bridge was accused of making homophobic comments and gestures to a group at a fast food restaurant in Cape Town. He denied the charge and the complaining party was unable to obtain close-circuit footage of the incident from the restaurant.
A woman alleged Mo’unga spat beer over her and a group of friends at a bar in Pretoria. Mo’unga responded to her complaint on social media, saying he was “obviously intoxicated” and had no memory of the incident.
New Zealand Rugby appointed an independent lawyer to investigate both allegations. In a statement Monday spokesman Nigel Cass said the complaint against Bridge was “not upheld.”
“With regard to Richie Mo’unga, the NZR investigation found that the allegations also could not be substantiated,” Cass said.
“Given the seriousness of these allegations and the potential consequences we needed to be confident that was was alleged actually took place and we weren’t.”