NRL players Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr, Nathan Cleary and Tyronne Roberts-Davis have all been fined by the league for breaking social distancing rules.
Mitchell and Addo-Carr were fined $1,000 by New South Wales Police over the weekend, after they were pictured with 10 other men. Both have been fined an additional $50,000 by the NRL. In addition, they have been charged by the Police for Firearms offences.
Mitchell’s offence relates to giving his firearm to someone who did not have a licence to operate one. His licence has now been suspended, and a number of firearms were seized. He has also been issued with a Future Court Notice.
While Addo-Carr was filmed allegedly using Mitchell’s gun. He has also been issued with a Future Court Notice for the unauthorised use of a firearm.
Both will appear in court on August 4.
Meanwhile, Cleary has been fined $10,000 after being pictured on a couch with five women. Roberts-Davis has been fined the same ammount for being pictured dirt biking with the group on the camping trip.
All have also been handed a one-match ban, suspended for the rest of the season for bringing the game into disrepute.
Also, 60-per-cent of their fines will be suspended until the end of the season.
Acting NRL CEO Andrew Abdo told nrl.com: “It’s not the circumstances I’d expect to do my first press conference. The actions of our players that have come to light over the past couple of days has been disappointing and we needed to act swiftly.
“We’re all under pressure, we all face restrictions, we’re all away from our usual circumstances.
“This is on all of us and our players are no different, they are role models in our society. We have bold and ambitious plans to return to the field as soon as we practically can.”