When former NRL star John Hopoate saw a parking officer giving him a ticket earlier this year, he allegedly warned him not to touch his car or he'd "cop it".
Hopoate pleaded guilty to intimidating the ranger in the early hours of June 22 during a brief appearance at Sydney's Central Local Court on Tuesday.
Police facts about the incident allege Hopoate began abusing and standing over Anthony Bugge while he wrote a ticket for the former player's silver BMW in Potts Point.
When Mr Bugge told him to step back, Hopoate allegedly replied: "Go ahead you little faggot. Touch my car and you'll ....... cop it."
After Mr Bugge told Hopoate that he would post the ticket, the former player allegedly retorted: "You're big behind your uniform.
"Take it off and if you ever come back here I will ....... kill ya."
As Mr Bugge drove away, police say CCTV footage shows Hopoate drawing his fingers across his neck in a "throat-cutting gesture".
Throughout the incident, Mr Bugge felt intimidated due to Hopoate's size and level of aggression, the facts state.
But in an interview with police the next day, Hopoate told officers that while he abused the parking ranger he did not believe the inspector was intimidated.
The 39-year-old alleged Mr Bugge had in fact blown him a kiss and stuck his finger up at him as he drove off.
According to police, Mr Bugge had warned security guards at the Trademark Hotel earlier in the evening of June 21 that if their cars were left there, they would be booked.
The cars, including Hopoate's BMW with personalised plates, were then moved.
But Mr Bugge said by 3am on June 22 Hopoate's car was back, parked illegally.
The facts state Hopoate is employed by Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim to perform "unspecified duties".
Hopoate, who said nothing during his brief appearance, will be sentenced next month.
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