As you all know, two videos of me emerged online last week which raised some serious concerns.
As you’ve read in the media, I met with Storm Management and the NRL Integrity Unit shortly after the incident. I’ve been sanctioned for my actions, and I accept that I should be sanctioned.
As some of you may know, I’ve had a difficult relationship with alcohol in the past. I thought that I had dealt with the issue, but clearly I still have some hurdles to overcome. I want you all to know that I’m working on that. Earlier this week, I made the decision, in consultation with the Club’s doctor, to seek some help with this battle. Starting tomorrow, I will be attending a treatment facility for the next 4 weeks.
I know I’ve let a lot of people down and I’ll do whatever it takes to restore your faith in me. Hopefully you’ll see by my actions, that I am dedicated to change.
I want the kids out there to know that my behaviour was not OK. I owe it to you to be a better role model, and I’ll strive to do that in future.
I’m truly sorry to the NRL, to my club, to the board, to my teammates, to the members, to the sponsors, to the fans, to the kids in sport and to my family for putting myself in such a compromised position. It never should have happened.
I also want to extend an apology to Penrith Panthers and to South Sydney Rabbitohs for taking attention away from their awesome achievements leading up to the grand final.
Finally, I want to thank the Storm, my teammates, my sponsors and my family for the support they’ve given me over the last week. It’s definitely been a tough week, and I’m grateful to everyone who’s supported me over this period.