NBL star Harry Froling has undergone emergency surgery after suffering a fractured skull during an allegend one-punch attack.
The Brisbane Bullets centre was reportedly left with blood coming out of his ears after the alleged attack which was captured on CCTV footage.
As first reported by The Daily Telegraph, Froling was seen on CCTV footage being removed from a nightclub on Crown St in Wollongong around 2am on Monday morning just hours after his team’s game against the Illawarra Hawks.
NSW Police have confirmed initial inquiries suggest Froling was punched in the head and fell to the ground. An investigation remains ongoing.
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The Bullets have confirmed Froling will miss the rest of the NBL season.
“The Brisbane Bullets are working closely with NSW Police and NBL Integrity Unit as they investigate the circumstances surrounding an alleged assault on Harry Froling,” the team said in a statement.
“Harry is currently recovering from an incident that occurred following the team’s away game in Wollongong and will miss the remainder of the NBL23 season.
“As an investigation is underway, the club is not in a position to make any further comment, other than to say the players, coaches and staff all send their well wishes and love to Harry, and his family.
“The club respectfully asks for privacy for the Froling family at this time.”
The CCTV footage reportedly showed Froling talking to a group of unknown females on the street before he was approached by a male who appeared to punch him in the face.
As reported by The Telegraph, the vision appears to show Froling hit his head on the ground following the attack and one witness has told the publication Froling appeared to be unconscious.
Police and ambulance services were called around 2.40am and the 24-year-old was transported to Wollongong Hospital.
Froling is reported to have refused to undergo a head scan and ignored doctors’ advice and discharged himself from the hospital to fly with the rest of his team back to Brisbane.
After arriving in Brisbane, Froling complained of headaches and transported himself to Prince Charles Hospital.
He underwent emergency surgery following a CT scan.
NSW Police have released a statement appealing for information.
“Officers attached to Wollongong Police District commenced an investigation and initial inquiries suggest the man was punched in the head and fell to the ground,” the statement read.
“Detectives would like to speak with an unknown male that was seen on Crown Street, opposite Aitchison Street, around the time of the incident.
“He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 20s with short brown hair.”