Mitchell Pearce, Roosters co-captain and State of Origin player has been cut from training pending an internal investigations into his behaviour at a house party on January 26th. Sources at the NRL predict that Pearce will be banned from travelling to the UK for the February Wold Club Challenge and may be stripped of his captaincy at the Roosters.
Pearce will likely be fined at least $50 000 for his inebriated behaviour, which includes forcefully kissing an uninterested female party goer, mimicking a lewd act on a Maltese terrier, despite the owner repeatedly trying to pull the dog away, making slurs about Indigenous people and urinating on himself.
Footage of his “disgraceful” behaviour was aired on A Current Affair yesterday. Neither Pearce nor the Roosters offered comment immediately following the incident, but the NRL has ordered a report into Pearce’s behaviour. The matter has been referred to the NRL’s integrity unit.
“The Integrity Unit will work with the Roosters to ensure the matter is dealt with appropriately,” read a statement.
The online backlash against Pearce started just hours after the footage began to circulate online, just hours after Pearce posted a photo of himself and his teammates enjoying Australia Day festivities.
The Roosters released the following statement on January 27th.
“The Club wishes to advise that Mitchell Pearce has been stood down from all training commitments until the Club concludes its internal investigation.”
The full video can now be seen on A Current Affair’s Twitter feed. The footage, which was heavily promoted during Nine’s Wednesday night news bulletin as “some of the most disgraceful behaviour you have ever seen from a footy star”, quickly went viral.
Pearce has previously been fined and stood down for bad behaviour in 2013 after an incident involving “the girl in the yellow dress”, which resulted in him missing the State of Origin series of 2013. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the NRL has cracked down on inappropriate behaviour towards women and “the fact Pearce is a repeat offender will likely end his career.”