The NRL has fined a Parramatta player $5000 after alleging he brought the game into disrepute because a video emerged of him participating in an intimate act in a toilet.
The governing body issued the player with a breach notice after a four-second video made its way into the public domain. The footage appears to have been filmed over the toilet door.
A Parramatta Eels player has been fined for a toilet tryst.
The player has five days to respond to the breach notice.
“All players are public figures and have a responsibility to ensure their actions do not risk damaging the brand and reputation of the game,” the NRL said in a statement.
“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.”
A leading lawyer specialising in breach of privacy claims said the player would have strong grounds to file a suit against the parties who filmed or distributed the sex tape. However, the player has told those close to him that it isn’t his intention to pursue the matter, cognisant of the adverse publicity it would bring to the female in the incident.
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