FORMER All Black Jerry Collins has been released from a Japanese prison, with it being being revealed that his problems began over a relationship he was having.
Collins was arrested on March 17 after being found in a Hamamatsu department store with a concealed knife, which he revealed when approached by security.
His agent, Tim Castle, told Fairfax NZ that the former Hurricanes back rower had been seeing a woman that had angered members of a Brazilian gang, who had threatened him at home and followed him to a restaurant, before his arrest.
A neighbour of Collins had contacted police, concerned about men stalking his house.
Collins left his home with two knives strapped to him and looked for safety in a restaurant, after which he ran to the department store as he knew it would draw attention to him.
Castle said the gang, who apparently dislike foreigners, had been following Collins for weeks.
”The behaviour of these men meant he had notified his rugby club, Yamaha, to say he was concerned about his safety and security,” he told Fairfax.
”I’m providing this information to deter speculations about organised crime and other misbehaviour gaining any currency.”
Collins’ contract at the Yamaha club had finished, but he had not ruled out playing in the country again.
”He’s an international rugby player and he’s not unwelcome in Japan or undesirable by any means,” Castle said.
”I can’t confirm when he will be back in New Zealand, but it remains his home and he will be back and forth from New Zealand from wherever he ends up playing rugby.”
He was released from jail with a fine.