Plainclothes police officers arrested Top 14 star James O’Connor and former All Black Ali Williams in the early hours of Saturday morning for allegedly possessing cocaine.
Williams, 35, currently plies his trade in suburban Paris as a media advisor for Racing 92 and this evening the club have released a statement on the incident. In the short piece, they confirm they have suspended the Auckland native.
“The Racing 92 is a club which since its birth has been structured around two pillars, sporting demand, and education, respect for values that build exemplary men and women.
“In this context, it was decided to suspend Ali Williams. If the investigation confirmed the possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be an offense under the law but also a serious fault in terms of our ethics.”
Racing currently sit in seventh place in the Top 14, thirteen points behind leaders Clermont.
Williams earned 77 caps for the All Blacks, retiring in 2012. He works mainly with fellow Kiwi Dan Carter who joined the club following the AB’s World Cup win in 2015.
Toulon are yet to comment on O’Connor’s part in the episode.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena