“All 13 players have let the rest of their teammates, all of our hardworking staff, their families, the community at large, and most importantly, our Red V members, partners and fans, go down.
“The entire club and our shareholders will now be punished as a result of the combined 20-week suspension obtained among the 13 players.
“The Dragons have no reservations about the penalties handed down by the NRL Integrity Unit or the NSW Police, given the total disregard of the players for the game and the expectations of the community.”
The other players fined were:
- Jack Bird – $ 25,000
- Matt Dufty – $ 23,000
- Blake Lawrie – $ 20,000
- Josh Kerr – $ 18,000
- Daniel Alvaro – $ 15,000
- Josh McGuire – $ 12,000
- Tyrell Fuimaono – $ 12,000
- Kaide Ellis – $ 5000
- Gerard Beale – $ 2000
The penalties were commensurate with the value of each player’s contract.
It has left St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin with a major headache as he is about to lead Red V back to the final in his first season in charge.
“In our opinion, the actions of the players were deliberate and some of the players withheld key information from the integrity unit,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said Monday night.
“On the information we have, the players understood the protocols and deliberately chose to ignore them, they chose to risk the continuity of our competition.
“The sanctions imposed today warn all players in the game, particularly repeat offenders; this type of conduct will not be tolerated.”
Jack de Belin was the last Dragons player to be fined by the NSW Police for attending the house party.
De Belin, who is only four games away from his return to the NRL after the director of public prosecution dropped charges of sexual assault against the former State of Origin forward, was fined $ 1,000 for violating the orders of public health on Monday.
“After the investigations, today (Monday, July 5, 2021) another 30-year-old man who was in the house was identified; he has now been issued a $ 1000 PIN for violating a stay-at-home order, ”NSW police said in a statement.
Twelve of Belin’s St George Illawarra teammates were fined Sunday and interviewed by NRL’s integrity unit during the meeting, which broke up when neighbors made a noise complaint Saturday night.
The Herald Sources familiar with the situation told him Sunday that no State of Origin representatives – the Dragons had Tariq Sims, Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough playing in the second game – were at the party.
All NRL players are under level four biosecurity restrictions to keep the competition alive during the COVID outbreak in Sydney, largely preventing them from leaving their homes unless they play or train. Visitors are not allowed in their homes.
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