Rugby Mar 5, 2020

Hino Red Dolphins' Joel Everson arrested on suspicion of drug use

A player for Japan Top League club Hino Red Dolphins has been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of drugs involving cocaine, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday. According to the club, which has announced the indefinite suspension of all team activities, the arrested ...

'Let it snow': Walmart yanks Christmas cocaine sweater

Business Dec 11, 2019

'Let it snow': Walmart yanks Christmas cocaine sweater

It wasn't the type of white powder that makes Christmas complete — American retail giant Walmart has withdrawn a festive sweater that celebrates cocaine. The sweater depicts Santa Claus with straw in hand, and three white lines laid out on a table before him. "Let it ...

Rugby Jul 3, 2019

JRFU asks teams to interview players following recent drug arrests

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday requested all teams in the country's Top League interview their players following the arrests last month of two Toyota Verblitz members on suspicion of possessing cocaine. At a meeting in Tokyo, the sport's governing body asked representatives from ...

Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima arrested on cocaine charge

Rugby Jun 20, 2019

Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima arrested on cocaine charge

Toyota Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possessing cocaine, police said, and the team has pulled out of the upcoming Top League Cup as a consequence. The 28-year-old Kabashima, also an employee of Toyota Motor Corp., is suspected of violating ...