Gold Coast Titans sack Kevin Proctor following vaping video
The Gold Coast Titans have made the stunning call to sack former captain Kevin Proctor for vaping inside Western Sydney Stadium during his team's loss to Canterbury on Sunday.
- The video captured Proctor vaping during the Titans' 36-26 loss to the Bulldogs
- Proctor was not playing in the match
- The Titans say Proctor's "actions were in breach of both NRL and stadium regulations"
In a now-deleted Instagram story on his own page, Proctor can be seen vaping inside a cubicle at the venue at half-time of the Titans 36-26 loss.
The video was uploaded with the caption "not the halftime vape", with Proctor inhaling and then shaking his head with the Titans down 26-10 at the time.
Proctor was not playing in the match, but was part of the squad as 19th man, with the video believed to be taken within a toilet cubicle inside the Titans' dressing rooms.
Vaping is not permitted in the seating bowl or anywhere around the stadium.
Additionally, players cannot have their phones in the dressing rooms for integrity reasons.
Proctor was not at Titans headquarters on Monday but was notified by the club he would be fined close to $15,000 and he would not be welcome back to play or train.
"His actions were in breach of both NRL and stadium regulations," Gold Coast said in a statement.
At age 33, it is also possible the incident could spell the end of Proctor's NRL career.
A premiership winner at Melbourne in 2012 and Kiwi Test star, Proctor was a big-name signing for the Titans when he arrived in 2017.
He was also named the club's co-captain at the time, a role he held until the end of last year.
But his stint has not been without drama, as he was banned for four matches for biting Shaun Johnson in 2020.
Off-contract at the end of this year, Proctor had not featured in a Titans match since round nine and was unlikely to be re-signed for next year.
The incident involving a senior player again raises the issue of culture at the NRL club, which has lost its last eight matches.
They sit above only Wests Tigers on for-and-against at the bottom of the ladder, with coach Justin Holbrook's job firmly in the spotlight.
Holbrook conceded again on Sunday that a lack of experience was a key issue, after releasing established halfback Jamal Fogarty at the start of the season.
Titans management declared at the end of last year that they were on the verge of a premiership window, believing two titles were possible before 2030.