On the morning of 19 January 2013 Brett Stewart was subjected to verbal harassment by an intoxicated patron at a venue in Manly.
The patron had already been asked to leave the venue earlier that night and re-entered the premises through a side door. The patron was asked to leave a second time.
When Brett Stewart left the venue at a later stage he was asked by Manly Police to attend the police station whilst they investigated the matter. Manly Police then advised Brett that they would review CCTV footage, which could take some time, and suggested Brett go home.
The following day Manly Police contacted Brett to advise him that the statement had been retracted as the footage demonstrated no wrongdoing by Brett.
Brett followed protocol and informed the club immediately after the incident. The club subsequently conducted an internal inquiry and has similarly cleared Brett of any wrongdoing.