The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating an alleged altercation between Broncos assistant John Cartwright and club great Chris Johns.

The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating an alleged altercation between Brisbane Broncos assistant John Cartwright and club legend Chris Johns.

Nine’s Ben Dobbin reports the NRL is seeking a “please explain” over the incident which occurred around Christmas.

“Obviously there was a disagreement at that time, and the NRL now being made aware of it and want a please explain,” Dobbin told 9News.

“They’ve launched an investigation into the incident, they’re stamping out poor behavior.

“This is the second time the NRL Integrity Unit has been involved in an investigation at Red Hill this year with Payne Haas being fined $50,000 and suspended for three weeks.”

News of a disagreement between the pair emerged just a day before Brisbane went down 34-18 to the Cowboys last Saturday.

Johns, who won a premiership with Walters at the club in 1992-93 and chairs the Broncos Old Boys Club, confirmed he and Cartwright were involved in an incident late last year just weeks into Walters’ tenure at Red Hill.

Johns had a heated argument which turned into a physical wrestle with Cartwright at the Caxton Hotel according to News Corp.

Claims Cartwright grabbed Johns by the throat were vehemently denied by the Broncos assistant, who won a premiership with the Panthers as a player in 1991.

Johns revealed Cartwright took exception to comments he made after the ex-Penrith back-rower spoke glowingly about the Panthers’ golden years.

“I said (to Cartwright), ‘At the Panthers you have won one comp, don’t compare the Broncos (who have won six premierships) with the Panthers’.

“Carty got the s–ts and said, ‘Don’t start bagging my old club’.

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