Melbourne Storm Fine And Suspend Three Players For Conduct Breach
Verdict is in for party trio
Melbourne Storm trio Cam Munster, Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis have accepted NRL and club sanctions following investigation into a post-prelim final video.
The players will serve bans for breaching the league code of conduct, after a video emerged with a substance for drug-use.
Munster was fined $30,000, Smith copped a $15,000 fine and Lewis a $4,000 fine for his notice breach. All three also received a one match NRL suspension.
In addition to this, the club handed down sanctions of their own in order to provide disciplinary improvements.
Munster received a $100,000 club fine, will enter a four-week rehab program , abstain from alcohol for 12 months and officially stood down from the team's leadership group.
Welfare guidance will be provided to Smith ($50,000 club fine) and Lewis ($10,000 club fine) - the pair will assist with developing a pathway of new education for young NRL players.
"All three players will have individualised welfare support and action plans developed in consultation with Storm medical and health professionals." A Storm statement read.
Storm CEO, Justin Rodski, said the players will work with the league to accept all punishments.
"This has been an incredibly challenging and disappointing period for everyone involved in our club," Rodski said.
"The decisions of these three players have hurt a lot of people and the players have broken the trust of the club and the game.
"The players are genuinely remorseful for what has happened. They have made a significant error in judgement, and they are here today to own their decisions and take responsibility for their actions."
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