The South Sydney league club and Jason Taylor are headed for a legal showdown after the coach was sacked because the NRL club could not afford a blot on its reputation.
On the day it was also revealed Taylor had been involved in previous alcohol-related incidents during his three years at the Rabbitohs, Souths officials said sponsors were "fed-up" with the NRL's spate of off-field dramas.
The 38-year-old Taylor had the final year of his contract terminated after an altercation with the Rabbitohs Kiwi second-rower David Fa'alogo in a Sydney hotel 11 days ago.
Fa'alogo, whose deal was due to expire at the end of next month before he the joins the English club Huddersfield, also had his contract torn up, reportedly costing the Kiwi international $45,000.
Taylor insists he's done nothing to breach his contract, and he's devastated to have been shown the door.
Souths football manager John Lang, a veteran mentor who coached Penrith to a premiership in 2003, has been appointed Taylor's successor for the next two seasons.