Ben Barba says he lost his cool at a journalist and won't return to NRL

Disgraced Ben Barba admits he lost his cool when he exploded at a journalist - and says he'll never play in the NRL again Barba said he won't return to the NRL but wishes to play in his local league He said he was trying to protect his children when he exploded at a journalist Barba  said he was looking forward to getting on with his life and job 

By Tom Place For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:50 GMT, 22 March 2019 | Updated: 05:50 GMT, 22 March 2019

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Shamed footballer Ben Barba has abandoned plans to return to the NRL and has opened up about his heated clash with a journalist saying 'I will hurt you'.

The 29-year-old faced Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday charged with two counts of public nuisance over an  incident with his long-term partner Ainslie Currie.

The former Dally M medallist had his matter adjourned to Mackay but broke his silence outside court. 

Although he said he had given up hope of returning to the NRL, he wants to take the field in local football competitions. 

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Barba faced Townsville Magistrates Court this morning charged with two counts of public nuisance relating to an allegations involving his partner Ainslie Currie

Barba faced Townsville Magistrates Court this morning charged with two counts of public nuisance relating to an allegations involving his partner Ainslie Currie

In explaining his emotional outburst at a journalist last Tuesday, who questioned him over the allegations, Barba said he would do 'anything for his kids' and was trying to protect them from the situation. 

'I lost my

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