Nitro Circus slam 'dangerous' Auckland
Sun, 03 Feb 2013 6:03p.m.
By Susie Nordqvist
Nitro Circus members say they no longer feel safe in central Auckland after five of their members were involved in two violent incidents there this week.
The stuntmen say they're considering leaving Auckland off their itinerary for future tours.
Kiwi stunt rider Luke Smith is tough. Last night he rode in the Nitro Circus with a broken jaw and a broken heel. Three years ago, he suffered head injuries in a crash and had to learn to walk and talk again. He only came back from that last weekend.
But the comeback almost ended before it began on Thursday night when he was bashed in what he says was an unprovoked attack on Auckland’s Fort St.
“It's been three years and I’ve come back from death's door and there's no way I’m going to let some low life take my dream away from me,” he says.
Smith says an earlier jaw injury was re-broken when he was walking to get a kebab and looked at the wrong man.
“He said ‘what are you looking at?’ or something like that, and I said ‘no, no these are my friends’ – these are the guys from America. And pretty much as I said that, one of his friends or someone he was with blindside punched me from the side.”
Hours later his teammates were involved in another altercation nearby. A witness told 3 News Nitro Circus members threw a bottle at a member of the public and hit him in the head with a push scooter.
The police then got involved and that man was pepper sprayed, handcuffed and then shoved to the ground.
But Nitro Circus promoter Mike Porra says his team was actually acting in self defence, and hitting the aggressor with a scooter was justified.
“Oh come on,” says Mr Porra. “Next time we'll use a fluffy toy if that's what you think they should do to save your life. We'll have the guys use a fluffy toy.”
Mr Porra says there's an increasing problem with violence in Auckland’s central city. The team had noticed it was much worse on this visit, and he's considering whether to leave Auckland off the schedule for future tours.
“These are some of the most courageous athletes in the world and they're scared to walk the streets of Auckland,” says Mr Porra.
He says something needs to be done before it's too late.
“They're thugs and they're dangerous and they're giving the city a bad name. They should be locked up because they'll kill someone.”
Smith is just relieved Thursday night was another close call he survived.
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5/02/2013 2:39:03 p.m.
I 100 percent agree with JAY's comment below. You can't go out into Auckland central on a Thursday-saturday night without getting in some form of altercation or without some knob trying to provoke something. There are a lot of people who have nothing better to do than to go into town at night and pick fights and it's just down right disgusting. A few months ago me and two other friends were jumped by a group of 10 or 12 gutless individuals, and all because they didn't like my mates' shirt he was wearing. All three of us got put into hospital and the police wouldn't have a bar of it because they said, we fought back so it's classed as a fight. What are we supposed to do? That's why people like that do this sort of thing, because they know that they can get away with it! The police need to step up and sort these people out, they know who they are. The "justice" system protects the wrong people. As for the nitro boys, I don't blame them for not wanting to come back. I just hope they realize that not all of NZ is like this
5/02/2013 2:38:07 p.m.
S white side wrote:
@ Ian .. Exactly! .. I just watched that video too... With police pepper spraying , beating up Nd knocking out innocent people .. Your damned right Auckland is not a safe place whilst thugs like these are roaming the streets!
5/02/2013 9:48:41 a.m.
Auckland is far from dangerous , stop acting like dickhead famous people and start acting like sports icons you tossers
4/02/2013 11:32:55 p.m.
Auckland will become too unsafe? It already has, and anybody who believes otherwise should go there on a Thursday-Saturday night and see for themselves. I know first hand that if you're a younger male you can't 'dress-up', have to be continually looking over your shoulder, and generally can't have a good time due to there being too many idiot, scum-bags with no morales or self control out there, wanting to start fights, and jump/mug you-all for the sake of fun (how often do we hear now of such incidents happening whereby people have been left seriously injured, or dead). I'm 22 years old, have boxed for years, and a regular gym goer (and a very competent fighter), but for these reasons even i stay out of town.
And wether people want to believe it or not, when you're a well known, respected celebrity (wether it be from sports or acting etc) the chances of such incidents occurring are greatened, as the previously mentioned idiots want to be known as the guy who ''knocked out the person off tv''.
It's a sad world we live in, and sure these events do occur all over the world, however there are groups of repeat offenders who continually commit these violent crimes due to a lack of punishment from the courts in the first place.
As for blaming it on the Liquor Act...Why pass the buck? The same act has been in place for years, and it is now being turned into somewhat of a scapegoat. How about harder punishments for the bars/pubs/liquor stores who sell to minors, sell to intoxicated persons, and abuse their Liquor License-but even still this wouldn't stop such events from happening.
The Police could arrest every single misbehaving, aggressive drunk in town this week, but if the justice (or would that be legal?) system in New Zealand do not deal with these people accordingly, these events will unfortunately continue to occur.
4/02/2013 5:59:37 p.m.
Been going on for far to long.
4/02/2013 1:54:35 p.m.
Typical, start getting rid of the waste of space people loitering in the city. Pricks
4/02/2013 12:46:35 p.m.
The video showed the police clearly using exceptional force on an unarmed and non-threatening man.This story provided by Nitro Circus is PR.I wasn't there and would like to hear from more who were, but the video was clear evidence of a man roughly apprehended by police and was accompanied by an eye witness who reported that man was the victim of an attack from the Nitro Circus members.
4/02/2013 9:58:48 a.m.
Sandy Creed wrote:
I went to the Nitro Show and thought it was the best show i've ever been too. I hope that they don't leave Akld off their show itineray just their after functions. Sorry that this happened. I live in AKLD and have never been in an altercation or harrassed. Not all AKLDers are @ssholes like these guys in Central.
4/02/2013 9:38:07 a.m.
@Raewyn 3/2/13 7:51pm - so you're trying to tell us that nothing like this happens in Brisbane???? Yeah right, sounds like a Tui beer ad. Crime is EVERYWHERE! I don't live in Aucks, don't particularly like the place, but come on, this is so NOT representative of the city - or the country for that matter.
4/02/2013 12:17:52 a.m.
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