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NRL hands Scott $15,000 suspended fine for Australia Day incident

“Our players are role models in the community and must set an example for young people who look up to them,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.

“In our view, Curtis should not have placed himself in a position where he was found in the state that he was in. That sort of behaviour is not acceptable and impacts on the reputation of our game and our brand.”

Curtis Scott has been fined by the NRL for bringing the game into disrepute.

Curtis Scott has been fined by the NRL for bringing the game into disrepute.Credit:Getty

Scott has five working days to respond to the breach notice.

The former Storm centre last week spoke about the toll the incident had taken on him.


“I’m just happy I can get a full eight hours of sleep at night and not wake up with an anxiety attack,” Scott said.

“I’ve been coming in putting on a brave face. Knowing I’m at such a great club that has supported me through it all, and such a great playing group, made it much easier to come in.

“But always laying down in bed thinking, ‘If one of these charges stick, I could be out of the workforce’ every day is pretty scary.”

A hearing on Friday will determine who bears the brunt of court costs for Scott’s case.

Meanwhile, Melbourne forward Christian Welch has accepted the NRL’s findings following his breach of biosecurity protocols on Thursday night. Welch was issued with a breach notice and fined $20,000 for his indiscretion, $10,000 of which has been suspended.

Welch was also stood down for the clash against Wests Tigers, but will return to the Storm bubble following the return of his negative COVID tests. He will be available for selection for the final-round against the Dragons.

“I am deeply sorry and regretful for my actions,” Welch said. “I’d like to thank my family, friends and the club for their support over the last couple of days. My actions have let everyone down including our amazing members and sponsors.

“I know it’s a privilege to play for this club and I deeply regret my behaviour. I fully accept the NRL sanctions and I will be doing everything I can to make up for it.”

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