Footy star is charged with assaulting an Uber driver after he and a friend ‘punched the man …

The Uber driver flagged down a passing police car, and a taxi containing Chee-Kam and the other man was later stopped.

Footy star is charged with assaulting a cab driver after he and a friend ‘punched the man repeatedly through his car window’

  • Rugby league star Michael Chee Kam, 26, charged with punching a cab driver
  • Wests Tigers player Chee Kam, 26, and 18-year-old man arrested in December
  • Chee Kam and friend allegedly punched cab driver through car-door window

ByBen Hill For Daily Mail Australiaand Australian Associated Press

Published: 21:33 EST, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 01:24 EST, 3 January 2019

A rugby league star has been charged with allegedly punching a cabdriver.

Wests Tigers player Michael Chee Kam, 26, and an 18-year-old man are accused of punching the driver through a car window during a night out in Bondi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Chee-Kam, 26, was standing on the street about 10.30pm on December 30 when a ride share driver reportedly beeped at him to get him to move.

Wests Tigers player Michael Chee Kam (pictured with wife Alex), 26, and an 18-year-old man are accused of punching the driver through a car window

Wests Tigers player Michael Chee Kam (pictured with wife Alex), 26, and an 18-year-old man are accused of punching the driver through a car window

Wests Tigers player Michael Chee Kam (pictured with wife Alex), 26, and an 18-year-old man are accused of punching the driver through a car window

Chee-Kam, 26, was standing on the street about 10.30pm on December 30 when a ride share driver reportedly beeped at him to get him to move

Chee-Kam, 26, was standing on the street about 10.30pm on December 30 when a ride share driver reportedly beeped at him to get him to move

Chee-Kam, 26, was standing on the street about 10.30pm on December 30 when a ride share driver reportedly beeped at him to get him to move

The two men allegedly punched the driver through an open car-door window.

The ride share driver flagged down a passing police car, and a taxi containing Chee-Kam and the other man was later stopped.

Chee Kam and the 18-year-old man were both arrested and served a Field Court Attendance notice for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault.

Both men will appear at Waverley Local Court on February 5.

The ride share driver flagged down a passing police car, and a taxi containing Chee-Kam and the other man was later stopped

The ride share driver flagged down a passing police car, and a taxi containing Chee-Kam and the other man was later stopped

The ride share driver flagged down a passing police car, and a taxi containing Chee-Kam and the other man was later stopped

The National Rugby League is aware of the charges against Chee Kam but a spokesman said it ‘wouldn’t be appropriate to comment further’.

Chee Kam married his wife Alex earlier in 2018, and on Tuesday he posted a series of photos to Instagram remembering the year as an ‘absolute treasure’.

‘I’ll cherish this year for the rest of my life,’ he posted alongside the photos.

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Chee Kam has played for the Manly Sea Eagles as well as the Tigers in the NRL, and made his international debut for Samoa last season.

Chee Kam married his wife Alex earlier in 2018, and on Tuesday he posted a series of photos to Instagram remembering the year as an 'absolute treasure'

Chee Kam married his wife Alex earlier in 2018, and on Tuesday he posted a series of photos to Instagram remembering the year as an 'absolute treasure'

Chee Kam married his wife Alex earlier in 2018, and on Tuesday he posted a series of photos to Instagram remembering the year as an ‘absolute treasure’

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Wests Tigers forward Michael Chee-Kam is to face court on a charge of assaulting an Uber driver at Bondi beach. The 26-year-old Samoa …

Wests Tigers forward Michael Chee-Kam is to face court on a charge of assaulting a ride-share driver at Bondi Beach.

The 26-year-old Samoa international was one of two men who are alleged to have punched a ride-share driver through his window during a night out on the weekend.

Charged: Michael Chee-Kam.

Charged: Michael Chee-Kam.Credit:Jason McCawley

“About 10.30pm on Sunday 30 December 2018, a 26-year-old man was driving north on Campbell Parade when he was allegedly assaulted by two men who were on the road,” a NSW Police statement said.

“The two men, aged 18 and 26, allegedly punched the man repeatedly through the open driver’s window.

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Footy star charged with Uber driver assault

WESTS Tigers player Michael Chee-Kam has been charged with assaulting an Uber driver through the car window during a night out in Bondi Beach.

WESTS Tigers player Michael Chee-Kam has been charged with assaulting an Uber driver through the car window during a night out in Bondi Beach.

Chee-Kam, 26, and an 18-year-old man believed to be a relative were allegedly standing on Campbell Pde at around 10.30pm on December 30, when the rideshare driver beeped at them in an attempt to get them to move.

Police will allege the men repeatedly punched the driver through his open, driver’s side window.

Passing police were flagged down and a short time later a taxi containing the two men was stopped.

The men were arrested and both served with a Field Court Attendance Notice for the offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault.

Michael Chee Kam will appear in court next month. Picture: Brett Costello
Michael Chee Kam will appear in court next month. Picture: Brett Costello

They are expected to appear at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

Che-Kam, considered a versatile back rower, has played 54 games for Wests and also represented Samoa.

He is contracted to the club until the end of the 2019 season.

An NRL spokesman said the league’s Integrity Unit was aware of the matter but as there were charges involved “it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment further”.

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The NRL is set to launch a bold new look for the Telstra Premiership in 2019 and to complement the new design direction we are today introducing a refreshed design for the NRL.com website, the Telstra NRL App and all of our social media.

The new look aims to modernise the Telstra Premiership brand and will be unveiled formally when the NRL Telstra Premiership 2019 draw is announced later this week.

The change to the brand follows an extensive research and consultation process which began in 2017 and included extensive focus groups with key stakeholders including fans, clubs, partners and media.

The refreshed simple and modern design maintains the shield and the chevron – which have both been synonymous with rugby league since the game’s inception – but will be far more adaptive to digital environments.

“Whilst the Telstra Premiership competition is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most exciting and entertaining experiences for fans, we need to ensure our brand evolves with this changing landscape”, the NRL’s General Manager of Brand and Marketing Peter Jarmain said.

“It was important that we keep the shield and the chevron, which have such historical significance for the code. But the aim was to modernise those very important symbols.

“The new design is more youthful and contemporary, to help the game connect to a younger fan base. But it also allows us to be integrated seamlessly with the 16 club brands, where the true point of connection lies for fans.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly said the clubs supported the new brand, particularly the strong integration with the Club network.

“One of the key benefits of the refreshed design system is the ability for the brand to be more closely integrated with the club brands,” Solly said. “This is a change in direction and a welcome one.”

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The NRL has also given nrl.com and the Telstra NRL App a refreshed look to compliment the modernisation of the NRL and Telstra Premiership branding.

A new colour scheme for the website and the NRL App (note – if you’re reading this on the App and haven’t noticed anything different, check your App store for the latest update).

The new palette is designed to let the full colour and branding of the clubs and all the different competitions we cover take centre stage, with our neutral “magic green” providing the product accents and highlights.

The NRL shield design has also been refreshed and simplified, so that it renders on digital screens of all sizes from smart watches to stadium scoreboards.

In addition, we are introducing a new set of fonts across the network. Our custom-made NRL font is designed to be more impactful and easier to read on smaller mobile screens. It also makes it much easier to scan data, including the new full player and team stats tables now available on NRL.com.

For the body of articles we are moving to a new serif font, which helps make longer form content more comfortable to read (currently available on web and in the Android app, with iOS to follow soon).

With all of these changes, our design team has been working to ensure we continue to improve the overall level of accessibility for the visually impaired across all our products.

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Finally, to complete the design refresh, all of our social channels have been given an update to match the new digital design. Be sure to check out Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat and make sure you are following us on all the platforms you use to get the latest news and best of NRL in your feed.

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The refreshed simple and modern design, developed in conjunction with brand and design agency WiteKite and research agency Futures Sport, will be far more adaptive to digital environments, and is designed to attract new audiences. The refreshed look will encompass a full design refresh that contemplates everything from ball to broadcast.

The Telstra Premiership logo will now be distinctly different to the NRL corporate logo – one of the key callouts from the research carried out across the process.

“The Telstra Premiership is competing with far more than just other sports,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

“It competes in the world of entertainment, which is a highly competitive landscape. And whilst the Telstra Premiership competition is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most exciting and entertaining experiences for fans, we need to ensure our brand evolves with this changing landscape.”

NRL General Manager of Brand and Marketing Peter Jarmain said the NRL undertook extensive fan feedback when deciding on the new look.

“It was important that we keep the shield and the chevron, which have such historical significance for the code,” Mr Jarmain said.

“But the aim was to modernise those very important symbols.

“The new design is more youthful and contemporary, to help the game connect to a younger fan base.

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“One of the key benefits of the refreshed design is the ability for the brand to be more closely integrated with the club brands.” Mr Solly said. “This is a change in direction and a welcome one. We have 16 wonderful club brands; and this closer integration will help reinforce the connection between fan, club and competition.

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“The new look is simple, modern and clean – something that aligns with the Storm’s own recent new brand refresh,” Mr Donaghy said.

“Importantly, it helps to position the game in the increasingly competitive market to retain and attract fans in the future.”

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