The National Rugby League today issued Canberra Raiders player Curtis Scott with a breach notice alleging he brought the game into disrepute and breached the NRL's policies concerning the consumption of alcohol.
The notice alleges that on the evening of Sunday, 26 January, Scott engaged in drunken behaviour in the street and public park adjacent to Driver Avenue in Moore Park.
The notice proposes Scott be fined $15,000. Scott will have the opportunity to have the entirety of that fine suspended should he successfully complete an education and counselling program implemented by the NRL's Wellbeing & Education Department. Part of that education and counselling will be to directed at gaining a better understanding of the risks of excessive alcohol use.
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the game expected a higher standard of behaviour from its players.
"Our players are role models in the community and must set an example for young people who look up to them,'' he said.
"In our view, Curtis should not have placed himself in a position where he was found in the state that he was in. That sort of behaviour is not acceptable and impacts on the reputation of our game and our brand."
Scott has five working days to respond to the breach notice.