Brisbane Broncos star Kotoni Staggs will be banned for the next two games, with the club accepting an NRL ruling on his behavour regarding his actions at a Brisbane venue a few months ago.
The 22-year-old was set to return from a knee injury, but instead will serve a suspension.
Staggs was investigated for his role in an alleged drunken off-field incident and had a face-to-face meeting with NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo.
“The NRL has issued a $20,000 fine, of which a portion will be used to fund his rehabilitation and education programs,” the club confirmed in a statement.
“Staggs, who is now medically fit to play after recovering from a long-term knee injury, will also sit out the Broncos’ next two NRL games.
“Staggs has met with NRL CEO Andrew Abdo, and fully understands the importance of adjusting his behaviour in the future.”
The Brisbane livewire admitted his mistakes, but claims he is committed to turning things around.
“It’s really important for me to work hard at being a role model for all those kids who look up to me as an NRL player,” Staggs said.
“I understand that I have to set a better example and think about the consequences of my actions for myself, my family, my Club and for the game of rugby league.
“I’ve made mistakes but I’m committed to making sure that my behaviour is something I can be proud of in the future.”
Brisbane CEO Dave Donaghy also had this to say: “We’re committed to educating our players to help them understand the importance of their role and their place in the wider community,” Donaghy said.
“Kotoni wants to grow as a person and we want to provide him with the support and the education that can help him become the best role model that he aspires to be.”