Brisbane’s Kotoni Staggs has been fined $20,000 and ordered to undergo a two-week education and rehabilitation program before he can play again for the Broncos.
- Staggs allegedly harassed a woman at a Brisbane pub in April
- He will need to complete the education and rehabilitation programs before he is available to play again for the Broncos
- A portion of his $20,000 will fund the programs he needs to complete
The NRL said Staggs was sanctioned after he “engaged in disreputable conduct at a public venue” in April.
He allegedly harassed a woman at a Brisbane pub.
Staggs, who is medically fit to play again after recovering from a knee injury, will not be available for selection for the Broncos until at least round 16.
He will need to complete the education and personal rehabilitation programs over the next fortnight to the satisfaction of the NRL before he can play again.
Staggs met with NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo and accepted the league’s sanction.
“It’s really important for me to work hard at being a role model for all those kids who look up to me as an NRL player,” Staggs said in a Broncos media statement.
“I understand that I have to set a better example and think about the consequences of my actions for myself, my family, my club and for the game of rugby league.
“I’ve made mistakes but I’m committed to making sure that my behaviour is something I can be proud of in the future.”
Broncos chief executive Dave Donaghy said the club was committed to educating its players to “help them understand the importance of their role and their place in the wider community”.
“Kotoni wants to grow as a person and we want to provide him with the support and the education that can help him become the best role model that he aspires to be,” Donaghy said.
The NRL said a portion of Staggs’s fine will be used to fund his rehabilitation and education programs.