Former NRL player Anthony Watts faced court this week.
Former NRL player Anthony Watts faced court this week. Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Former footballer in the spotlight again for knuckledusters

FORMER NRL player Anthony Watts has come into the spotlight again after he was fined $1500 this morning for possession of knuckledusters.

The controversial sportsman, who is alleged to have links to the Finks Motorcycle Club after he was charged over a brawl between bikie gangs at Cooly Rocks On this weekend, appeared at the Tweed Heads Local Court today.

He was convicted and fined $1500 for having the Perspex knuckledusters in his yellow Holden Monaro's glove box.

Documents tendered to the court by police said Watts appeared nervous and sweaty when they pulled him up for a random breath test just near the Kennedy Dr exit on the Pacific Hwy in April.

The documents revealed police asked to search the car as they believed he was carrying illegal drugs.

Watts obliged but warned police they would find $10,000 in cash, which he claimed was to pay his solicitor.

The police document said Watts told police his solicitor "always does everything with cash."

When police searched the car they found a set a Perspex knuckledusters sitting on top of the bag of cash.

He was issued with a court attendance notice but was allowed to keep the cash as he showed a letter from his solicitor requiring him to pay.

Police, in the documents tendered, said due to his past occupation as an NRL player and the proof provided, it was reasonable for Watts to keep the money.



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