- Sep 8, 2012
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Curtis Scott hit with NRL breach notice for 'bringing game into disrepute' over drunken incident
The NRL has issued Canberra Raiders centre Curtis Scott with a breach notice concerning an incident which took place on Australia Day.
The NRL allege that Scott “brought the game into disrepute and breached the NRL’s policies concerning the consumption of alcohol”.
Bodycam footage released earlier this month showed that, on Australia Day, Scott was arrested after passing out in a Sydney park. A visibly intoxicated Scott was tasered and pepper-sprayed by officers at the scene, despite not having assaulted officers as was initially alleged.
After he appeared in court during September, all charges against Scott were dropped.
The league has proposed that Scott will be fined $15,000. However, the fine will be suspended if Scott agrees to undertake an education and counselling program with the NRL’s Wellbeing & Education Department.
“Our players are role models in the community and must set an example for young people who look up to them,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said in a statement.
“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 will have five days to respond to the breach notice and decide whether or not he will undertake the NRL’s proposed counselling program.
Curtis Scott has found himself embroiled in an ongoing media saga following his arrest on Australia Day. Most recently, images emerged of the injuries sustained by Scott following the incident.
Scott first spoke out about the incident earlier this month, saying he was “bitter”.
“I’d never assault a police officer and that was probably the hardest thing, sitting on that for nine months - knowing you haven’t done what they’ve said - and you’ve got the whole world coming down on your shoulders,” Scott told 7 News.
“Everybody on your back, making out like you’re some monster, cop basher. In the back of my mind, I knew if one of these charges stuck I’d be digging holes for the rest of my life.
“In myself I’m bitter, I’m bitter that everyone kind of just took their side and did not consider my side of the story.”
Despite his arrest, Scott was cleared to play for the 2020 NRL season. He has featured in 13 games for Canberra during his first season at the club, scoring two tries.