On 27 June 2009, Friend along with Sandor Earl were charged with assaulting a woman in Sydney. It was alleged Friend & Earl punched the niece of ABC radio commentator David Morrow at The Tank nightclub in The Rocks.
On 13 December 2009, Friend was arrested and charged by police following an altercation with a taxi driver. As a result the Roosters terminated his contract. In May 2010, Friend was re-instated in the Roosters team after counselling and rehabilitation.
On 6 June 2010, Friend was searched by police, then arrested and charged with two counts of possessing a prescription drug (valium) without prescription. The Roosters released a statement that they were "of the firm belief that there is an innocent explanation." Friend is due to appear at Waverley Local Court on 30 June after being given bail"