Hunt stood down by Reds

Date published: February 20 2015

Reds back Karmichael Hunt has been stood down after he received a notice to appear in court over a drugs sting.

Initial reports in Australia claimed the cross-code star, who joined the Reds this season from the AFL, had been charged and arrested by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission for supplying cocaine.

However the Super Rugby outfit have clarified that Hunt has been neither charged nor arrested, but instead has simply received a notice to appear in court.

It is regarding events from September 1 to October 3 2014, before he joined the Reds.

Hunt is due to appear in Southport Magistrate Court on March 5.

"As this matter is due before the courts on 5 March and is part of a wider and ongoing investigation by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission the QRU will not be in a position to determine a formal course of action until legal proceedings have concluded, as we will not be prejudicing the player's legal, contractual or natural rights," said QRU CEO Jim Carmichael.

"However, it has been determined by QRU, ARU and the Rugby Union Players' Association and after discussion with Karmichael that it would be best for his welfare that he is not available for selection this weekend."

The Reds will take on the Force in Brisbane on Saturday.