Brisbane Broncos star Tevita Pangai Jnr has been linked to several outlaw bikies as he faces the club’s board to save his $2.4million contract after breaching COVID rules.
The 24-year-old attended the opening of the Black Canvas Barber Shop, which has alleged ties to the Mongols bikie group, in Brisbane on August 8.
Pangai Jr was required to self-isolate for 14 days having recently returned from Sydney but broke the NRL’s coronavirus rules by attending the barber shop opening.
The barber shop was also raided by detectives from Taskforce Maxima on its opening day.
Pangai Jr said he was unaware bikie members were at the opening but has now been linked to several other bikies from the Bandidos and Comanchero gangs.
The Broncos player has 44,000 Instagram followers but only follows 400 people, some of whom are current or former bikies with anonymous accounts.
Pangai Jr follows Bandidos Centro chapter president-turned-Comanchero George Bejat, according to The Courier Mail.
He also follows former Bandidos Grigori ‘Greg’ Kossian and Nelson Patea, the latter of whom served a sentence for manslaughter and was recently released from jail.
Patea admitted to the manslaughter of Gold Coast father Greg Duffy over the theft of drugs while his brother Lionel was convicted of the murder.
Pangai Jr was pictured last month holding a tray of Moreton Bay Bugs and oysters at fish and chip shop Catch 22 in Brisbane, which is run by former Bandido Kossian.
‘The secret to Tevita’s new found form,’ the post was captioned.
‘Moreton bay bugs,’ Pangai Jr replied to the post, followed by some heart-eye emojis.
Pangai Jr follows the Catch 22 page along with teammates Jake Turpin, Thomas Flegler, Kotoni Staggs and former teammate Jharal Yow Yeh.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest Pangai Jr or his teammates, current and former, have any involvement in illegal activities.
More recently, Pangai Jr went to the Black Canvas Barber Shop opening, which was also attended by alleged Mongol bikie Harley Barbaro.
Police task force Maxima raided the barber shop in Windaroo, south of Brisbane, while Pangai Jr was in attendance. Barbaro was charged under anti-consorting laws.
One of the shop’s barbers later slammed the police on Instagram, writing: ‘Great opening apart from (task force) Maxima ya dogs.’
Pangai Jr was fined by the NRL and stood down indefinitely for breaching COVID-19 rules by attending the barber shop opening.
The embattled player will face the Brisbane Broncos board on Friday amid speculation that he will be sacked for his behaviour.
Club chairman Karl Morris said Pangai Jr will get the chance to tell his side of the story during the hearing
‘Tevita gets his opportunity to present his case to the board and we will make a considered decision once he does his presentation,’ he told the Courier Mail.