Posted: 10 March, 2014
Knights star learns his fate after turning up an hour late to court
Willie Mason Photo: Getty Images
Knights star Willie Mason will be hitching a ride to training and games for the next six months after learning his fate for drink driving.
The 33-year-old had already pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence to an early morning training session, recording an alcohol reading of 0.09 after a night out celebrating Australia Day. See below.
Mason has also been fined $900 and that's all after turning up to court an hour late this morning. Mason's hearing was delayed due to his solicitor’s commute from Sydney.
Newcastle Official Statement
Willie Mason, who was charged with drink driving on January 27, was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $900 at Newcastle Local Court on Monday.
"I respect the court's judgement and I accept what I got," Mason said on Monday morning.
With the court process now complete, the Club will continue to review the matter internally.
“Immediately following the incident, Willie expressed his regret and has now been penalised by the court,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
“Our role as a Club is to consider all information before handling the matter in accordance with our Code of Conduct.
“The Club takes this matter very seriously and will continue to educate our players in acting responsibly.”
The Club has kept the NRL Integrity Unit up to date on the matter.
Mason's hearing was delayed due to his solicitor’s commute from Sydney.
Earlier on Triple M
Knights player Willie Mason has taken to twitter, saying he takes full responsibility after being done for DUI.
He recorded an alcohol reading of 0.09 after being pulled over on his way to training on Monday morning.
Are The Knights In Trouble?
Earlier On Triple M
Newcastle Knights have confirmed Willie Mason was charged with drink driving this morning, having been pulled over on his way to training.
Police say the 33-year-old blew 0.090. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 20.
The Knights released a statement on Monday, confirming he failed a breath test and say they won’t be commenting further. Read the full statement below.
Meanwhile, below is the last photo Willie posted on his official instagram account, with the caption "Happy Australia day everyone".
Willie Mason's last status update Photo: Willie Mason Instagram
Knights Official Statement
Willie Mason failed a random breath test on the way to training early this morning.
Mason is due to appear in court on February 20th, 2014 in relation to this charge.
The Club will be making no further comment in relation to this matter.