NRL star is sent to rehab, slapped with a $130,000 fine and ordered off the booze for a YEAR for wild ‘white powder’ hotel room party
- NRL stars Cam Munster is voluntarily entering a treatment facility for four weeks
- An emotional Munster addressed the media on Tuesday about the decision
- He said he had a ‘difficult relationship’ with alcohol that he needed to deal with
- Embarrassing footage emerged just hours before rugby league’s Dally M awards
Melbourne NRL star Cameron Munster is voluntarily entering a treatment facility for the next four weeks to deal with his alcohol abuse.
An emotional Munster addressed the media on Tuesday after he and Storm teammates Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis were sanctioned by the NRL for their post-season antics.
Footage of the Melbourne Storm pair in a hotel room emerged last week showing a white substance visible on a coffee table.
NRL star Cameron Munster (pictured right) is tipped to be suspended for the start of the 2022 season
The trio were Issued with breach notices alleging they brought the game into disrepute, meaning they will miss the 2022 season opener and face various fines, with Munster hardest hit with a $30,000 penalty. He was also hit with an additional $100,000 suspended fine that will be enacted should he be involved in another disciplinary breach.
Warriors youngster Reece Walsh was issued with a similar breach notice after his Gold Coast arrest which has led to a drug investigation.
The 19-year-old Walsh faces a two-game ban and a $5,000 fine.
Munster said he had had a ‘difficult relationship’ with alcohol and that he needed to take further steps to deal with the issue.
‘Clearly I still have some hurdles to overcome,’ he said.
He will be joined on the sidelines by Storm teammate Brandon Smith (pictured with his mother)
‘I made the decision, in consultation with the club doctor to seek some help with this battle.
‘Starting tomorrow, I’ll be attending a treatment facility for the next four weeks.
‘Hopefully you’ll see by my actions that I’m dedicated to change.’
Melbourne has put the representative playmaker on a 12-month booze ban.
The Storm trio, as well as Walsh, are also required to complete education and training as directed by the NRL.
A second leaked video emerged on Tuesday morning showing Munster dancing on a table (left) and holding a clear plastic bag appearing to contain white powder (right)
‘I understand that players have endured a long season under strict protocols,’ NRL boss Andrew Abdo said in a statement.
‘However, there is no excuse for the behaviour we have seen over the past week. The players have let themselves, their clubs and the rugby league community down.
‘These sanctions are designed to include an element of rehabilitation and development as well as having consequences for the individual and team.’
Cameron Munster made a fashion statement as he posed for photos of the Dally m Awards red carpet with Storm teammate Jesse Bromwich
Neither Munster or Smith were willing to comment on the scandal on Monday night
Two undated videos surfaced online after the Storm’s NRL finals exit.
The initial vision appeared to show Munster, Smith and several other people in a room with a white substance on a table while a second video showed Munster dancing on the same table.
Celebrating the end of his debut NRL season, Walsh was arrested on the Gold Coast and is under investigation for drug offences.
He was asked by police to move on from the nightclub strip but he returned and was arrested.
The Warriors had already announced the fullback would undergo club-instigated drug and alcohol counselling.
Footage has emerged of NRL young gun Reece Walsh inside a Gold Coast nightclub before his arrest on Saturday night. This incident is unrelated to the Queensland player
The New Zealand Warriors fullback appeared in a video alongside the club’s CEO and coach on Sunday afternoon, tearfully admitting to being arrested in possession of the drug