Via Melbourne Storm Media
Melbourne Storm statement from CEO Dave Donaghy
Earlier today, our Football Director Frank Ponissi and I spoke to Jesse Bromwich regarding a matter that took place following the ANZAC Test in Canberra on Friday night.
Jesse was extremely remorseful for putting himself in a position of risk that has obviously had an impact on his Club – despite being on international duties.
He is genuinely disappointed by his poor choices and he’s accepted a number of sanctions that have been imposed upon him by the Club for breaching our code of conduct.
Melbourne Storm has extremely high standards and we make no apologies for that – this has been a tough lesson for Jesse.
In handing down these sanctions Melbourne Storm has consulted Jesse’s management, the RLPA and the NRL Integrity Unit.
The sanctions are as follows:
· Jesse will be stood down for two games – he won’t be available for selection until Round 13
· Jesse will donate his ANZAC Test match fee to a selected charity
· Jesse has stood aside from the Storm leadership group and I believe has informed New Zealand of his intention to step down as the Kiwis’ captain
· Jesse will be required to undergo a number of counselling and treatment courses
Jesse had the opportunity to front the board regarding this matter, however, he’s chosen to waive this and accept the sanction.
Jesse is a terrific person, this is out of character and he’s incredibly disappointed in himself, however he will learn from it and we will continue to support him and his family.
Statement from Jesse Bromwich
I’d like to start by firstly apologising to my family, Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Rugby League, the NRL, my teammates, the sponsors, and the members and fans.
I regret making the choice of staying out with my teammates until the early hours of Saturday morning, as well as consuming an excessive amount of alcohol.
I take full responsibility for the poor choices I made, I am devastated and my actions were out of character.
Playing footy for Melbourne Storm and the Kiwis is a great honour and I apologise for letting down everyone involved in both organisations.
I will be stepping down from my leadership roles with Melbourne Storm and the Kiwis, I understand I am a role model to the young players and the poor choices I made do not reflect my personal values.
I fully accept the sanctions that have been handed down.
— FOX SPORTS News (@FOXSportsNews) May 7, 2017
Via Gold Coast Titans Media
Kevin Proctor, has this morning met with Gold Coast Titans Chief Executive Officer, Graham Annesley, and Board Deputy Chairman, Darryl Kelly, to discuss the incident that occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning following Friday night’s Test Match in Canberra where Kevin was representing the New Zealand Kiwis.
It is important to note this was not a disciplinary hearing, as there is a process spelt out under the terms of the NRL Standard Playing Contract for dealing with alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct. Today’s meeting was requested to establish more information and give Kevin the opportunity to explain his actions.
The attached statement clearly demonstrates Kevin’s embarrassment and contrition for what has occurred and the damage it has caused. His voluntary actions in standing down from his captaincy and playing duties until the matter has been resolved by the Board speaks volumes for his personal character despite this very much out of character incident.
That said, everyone in the game is accountable for their actions and Kevin was this morning advised he will be issued with a Breach Notice in compliance with the terms of his contract providing five business days’ notice to appear before the Board to determine any other action or sanction to be imposed as a result of the alleged breach.
The Breach Notice process will take its course of the coming days, but in the meantime Titans Chief Executive, Graham Annesley, also intends raising with the NRL the issue of supervision of players whilst away from their clubs on representative duties.
Due to Kevin’s high level of stress and anxiety about the consequence of his actions, we are of course providing him with the best possible welfare and support to ensure his general well-being is the overriding priority.
Statement from Kevin Proctor:
I have asked Graham (Annesley) to say how extremely embarrassed and sorry I am for the damage I’ve done to the game and my personal reputation since Friday night’s Test match in Canberra.
After the game we went back to the New Zealand team hotel and had a late dinner. After the dinner we went to a local club to have a few drinks. The rest of the night is a bit of a blur as I obviously had too much to drink before the incident that has caused all the trouble happened much later in the night.
Although I can’t remember exactly what happened, I don’t deny it.
I am devastated by the whole thing and can’t apologise enough to my Kiwi team mates, the NRL, the Titans, and all fans of the game.
I’ve never been in this sort of trouble in my career, I have never failed a drug test, and I’m so sorry I’ve let everyone down by losing control of my personal decisions by drinking too much alcohol.
I have a wife and young family, and taking drugs is not something I support or encourage because I am very aware of the damage it can do.
Even though I have to appear before the Board later in the week, I’ve already decided to stand-down as club co-captain, and also stand-down from playing, until the Board makes a final decision.
I accept that there will be further punishment from my club and the NRL, and I just want to put this all behind me as quickly as possible and prove I can make it up to everyone.
— FOX SPORTS News (@FOXSportsNews) May 7, 2017