A Parramatta player filmed in an intimate act in a toilet has been hit with a $5000 fine for damaging the brand and reputation of the game.
The Parramatta Eels player caught in a sex act in a toilet didn’t break any NRL rules, but has been handed a $5000 breach notice for bringing the game in to disrepute.
After an investigation by the NRL integrity unit the player, who remains unnamed, was deemed to have brought the game into disrepute after a video emerged of him participating in an intimate act at a public venue.
In a statement on Wednesday the NRL stressed that all players are public figures and have a responsibility to ensure their actions do not risk damaging the brand and reputation of the game.
In this circumstance, the NRL believes the player failed in that responsibility.
But the investigation also concluded the player didn’t break any league rules, nor was there a complaint made about him by anyone, including the other person in the video.
The NRL will also offer the player support if he wants to pursue the person who filmed the video, then distributed it.
“All players are public figures and have a responsibility to ensure their actions do not risk damaging the brand and reputation of the game, an NRL statement said.
“In this circumstance, the NRL believes the player failed in that responsibility.
“The NRL accepts the player is the alleged victim of an illegally filmed video and is offering both welfare support and assistance if he wishes to pursue criminal action against the individual who filmed the video.
“The NRL has determined the player did not breach any other NRL rule nor is there any complaint about the conduct of the player.”
It is illegal to film and distribute intimate content without a person’s consent in NSW.
If a perpetrator is found guilty, they can be jailed for up to three years and be fined $11,000.
No-one has yet gone to NSW police about the matter.
The Parramatta player has five days to respond to the NRL Breach Notice.