Embattled Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona has been plunged into fresh controversy following allegations he may have misappropriated money from items auctioned off for charity.
Simona has been grilled by the NRL’s Integrity Unit over the issue after a series of a Facebook posts from an associate of the Tigers centre accused him of wrongdoing, Nine News reported.
The disgraced NRL player is already facing a lifetime ban from the game over allegations that he placed numerous bets on opposition players to score against him during matches.
It is believed the NRL has viewed the Facebook posts which accuse Simona of misappropriating funds after auctioning off jumpers and boots for charity.
Smith fronted the NRL’s Integrity Unit on Tuesday and was grilled about where the proceeds of the sale of the items had been going.
The Tigers centre had until 5pm on Wednesday to present his final submission before NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg makes his determination on a punishment.
Greenberg has indicated in the past that any player found guilty of gambling on NRL matches risks a lifetime ban, but there are a number of other punishments that could also be enforced.
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It has been suggested Simona could face anything from a four-year ban to an indefinite suspension.
Tigers captain Aaron Woods said he had been helping Simona deal with personal issues and he also thought a lifetime ban was too harsh for gambling on matches when he was questioned at training.
“A life ban is a long time,” Woods said.
“People who test (positive) for steroids, they get two or four years.
“If they do something wrong, you’ve got to have a chance to come back from it.
“But in saying that I don’t know the full details of Tim Simona. That’s all with the NRL, it’s hard to comment on.”