NRL stars Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr have been fined $1000 for breaching social distancing guidelines over a camping trip with friends on the New South Wales mid-north coast.
Newcastle Knights player Tyrone Roberts-Davis has also been fined.
It comes after photos were posted on social media of the three players and nine others standing around a campfire.
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Photos of Addo-Carr riding a dirt bike without a helmet and with a gun in his hand were also posted.
All images have since been removed.
The NRL described the images as “disappointing” and an “unacceptable breach of health orders” and comes as league bosses thrash out strict rules to allow the competition to resume next month.
“The NRL will be speaking to the players involved to seek further information and we will ensure the players provide any assistance authorities require,” the NRL said in a statement.
“Our players are role models and we expect them to lead by example during this pandemic.”
New South Wales Police confirmed in a statement on Monday afternoon that the players would cop fines.
“Three men, two aged 22 and one aged 24 are in the process of being issued with penalty infringement notices for breaches of a public health older.
“Manning Great Lakes Police commenced an investigation into a reported gathering at a rural property near Taree on Saturday in contravention of current administerial directions.”
Both Mitchell and Addo-Carr have apologised.
“I have been up here with my family for four or five weeks practising social distancing,” Mitchell said in a video posted on Instagram.
“It was a little bit of a slip up. “Foxy (Addo-Carr) reached out, his cousins are going through a bit of stuff up in Sydney.
“He just wanted to get up to the bush and make sure they were getting cultured and connected again.
“That was the whole part of the concept of what the weekend was.
“I wasn’t here to break any rules or hurt anyone.
“We’re not being selfish, I couldn’t turn down the brothers in a time of need.
“On behalf of Foxy and all my mob, we do want to apologise.”
Addo-Carr insists they did not intentionally go out to break the rules.
He also posted a video on Instagram but has since deleted it.
“A couple of family members of mine were going through a really tough time at the moment and I got in contact with Latrell to go out to his private property and try connect to our culture again and try put a smile on their faces and have a bit of fun as well,” Addo-Carr said.
“I can’t wait to go out there and finally play some footy and like I said before, I’m really sorry from the bottom of my heart.”