Controversial former NRL star John Hopoate bailed after clashing with business owner

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Former NRL player John Hopoate has been granted bail after allegedly clashing with a business owner over a long-running dispute.

A video screenshot showing John Hopoate outside court in Sydney.

A video screenshot showing John Hopoate outside court in Sydney.

Source: Nine News

The 42-year-old spent last night behind bars after a confrontation in Sydney's north on Wednesday with a man who owns a fruit shop next to a deli in which Hopoate owns a 75 per cent stake.

Hopoate has denied assaulting the fruit shop owner, from whom he allegedly stole a bottle of coconut water, and he was granted bail on condition he stays 50m away from the shop owner.

Hopoate, who played for Manly, Wests Tigers and Northern Eagles, courted controversy during his 13-year, 209-game, first-grade rugby league career, during which he represented Australia, NSW and Tonga.

Hopoate retired from rugby league in 2005 after incurring a 17-match ban for a tackle on Keith Galloway. Four years before that he copped a 12-match ban for poking opposition players up the backside.

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