NSW police fine three people and investigate further crimes; NRL to speak to the players
Last update: 4/27/20 9:38 AM
Australian internationals Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr apologized for violating the social evacuation rules by going camping in New South Wales (NSW).
With the National Rugby League (NRL) season suspended due to the coronavirus, the duo camped on the Mitchell farm near Taree on the central-north-north-western coast.
Addo-Carr eliminated the social media posts from the trip, showing that Newcastle Knights player Tyronne Roberts-Davis and family members were also present.
In a video released Monday, Addo-Carr said: “I would like to apologize for my actions this weekend. Nothing was intentional or deliberate.
“A couple of my family members are going through a difficult time. I got in touch with Latrell to go out on his private property to connect again with our culture and try to put a smile on their faces and have a little bit of fun. “
Mitchell added: “I was not here to break the rules or injure anyone. We are not selfish, I have not been able to refuse the brothers in time of need. On behalf of Foxy (Addo-Carr) and all my mafia, we apologize” .
NSW police said they fined three people on the camping trip for A $ 1,000 (£ 519) each. They are also investigating other crimes, including those involving firearms – Addo-Carr has been seen using a gun on social media.
Player clubs – Mitchell plays for South Sydney’s Rabbitoh, while Addo-Carr represents Melbourne Storm – are investigating, as is the NRL.
A league statement read: “Our players are role models and we expect them to lead by example during this pandemic.
“As for face value, the image in today’s media is both disappointing and unacceptable.
“The NRL will speak to the players involved to obtain further information and we will ensure that the players provide any assistance requested by the authorities.”
Australia, which has recorded over 6,700 coronavirus cases and 83 deaths, has ordered people to stay home, with few exceptions, including trips to work or school, the purchase of essential supplies and exercise.
The violation of the blockade has embarrassed the NRL, which is trying to establish a relationship of trust with the authorities before it tries to restart the competition on May 28th. The season was suspended in March after two shifts due to travel restrictions aimed at containing the virus.
“We are embarking on a significant education program to ensure our players understand what acceptable behavior is before training resumes,” said the NRL.
“When training resumes, our players and officials must comply with biosecurity protocols that go beyond current government restrictions.
“As far as face value is concerned, today’s issue is unacceptable and we support the government in whatever action it deems necessary.”