Following an internal investigation, Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Joe Westerman has been issued a substantial fine and will also be required to undertake community service to educate young people on the effects of alcohol.
This will also involve Westerman educating individuals on the dangers of social media when in the public eye.
Joe is incredibly remorseful for his actions and wanted to make the following statement:
“Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly apologise to my family and friends for my actions. I’d also like to apologise to the supporters, sponsors, staff, and directors of Castleford Tigers as well as my teammates.
“I’d like to extend this apology to the game of rugby league, and I have realised that I need to work on my decision-making around alcohol.”
The Club and its Welfare Officers, in conjunction with Rugby League Cares, will continue to support Joe and his family throughout this difficult time and will make no further comment.
The Tigers start the season away at Hull FC on Sunday as Head Coach Lee Radford takes on his former side in Round One.
Hull are sweating on the availability of Ligi Sao, Andre Savelio and captain Carlos Tuimavave.
It is unclear whether or not Westerman will be allowed to feature in the game against one of his former club.