The Parramatta Eels have taken action against recruit Tony Williams, suspending him for the opening two matches.
In a statement the club said ...
Parramatta National Rugby League Club Pty Limited player Tony Williams appeared in court today regarding a drink driving incident. The legal process has been completed and Tony has been fined $1,000 and given a one-year driving suspension.
Following discussions with the NRL Integrity Unit, and taking into consideration that Tony has undertaken a safe driving course, the Club has decided to suspend Tony for rounds 1 and 2 of the 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership.
The Club views drink driving as an extremely serious offence and we have reiterated to Tony that this behaviour is unacceptable.
Williams was berated in court by Magistrate Jennifer Giles.
"You were shockingly intoxicated and you're a p-plater," she said.
"Shame on you, Mr Williams.
"You are exceptionally lucky you did not hurt or kill someone, or yourself.
"The community does not feel safe with you, with a licence."