South Sydney icon John Sattler says National Rugby League officials must stand down Ben Te'o immediately for the good of the game.
Regarded as one of the toughest men to play rugby league, Sattler also believes Te'o should come forward and tell his side of the story.
Te'o was grilled for hours by the NRL's integrity unit on Thursday over allegations by a Brisbane woman that he punched her in the face last month, fracturing her eye socket.
The woman has indicated she would go to police next week and press charges.
The NRL's integrity unit was expected to continue its probe by interviewing Brisbane Broncos fullback Corey Norman and Newcastle's Darius Boyd, who were allegedly in the Brisbane house on the day of the alleged assault.
Sattler - a Rabbitohs legend who played with a broken jaw in the club's 1970 grand final - said the NRL had no choice but to stand Te'o down until their investigations had been completed.