Myles banned by NRL over hotel incident
AAP – July 6, 2009
The NRL plunged to an embarrassing low on Monday with the Sydney Roosters fined $50,000 and Queensland Origin star Nate Myles suspended for six games for defecating on the floor of a Central Coast hotel while in a drunken stupor.
The Queensland forward was found shortly after 8am on Sunday morning, disorientated and naked in a hotel corridor after he had attempted to gain entry into the room of a family who was leaving their accommodation.
A short time after his entry was refused he was found to have defecated elsewhere in the hotel corridor and was later discovered in a fire escape.
Furious NRL chief executive David Gallop has blasted the behaviour of Myles, suspending him until round 24 and banning him from playing in Queensland’s Origin III side next Wednesday.
“There can be no ambiguity about the behaviour and there can be no excuse,” Gallop said.
“The facts around the incident are clear and players have to accept personal responsibility.
“I respect the fact that Nate tried to make amends to the guests involved and that he rang me to apologise but saying sorry simply isn’t enough.
“There are many inspirational people in our game from the grass roots to the NRL and they do not deserve to be associated with this sort of behaviour.
“We make no apology for treating each issue on its merits and on the basis of the facts we have at our disposal at the time.”
It is yet another body blow in a season to forget for the NRL and is the third alcohol-related incident involving a Roosters player in as many weeks.
Two weeks ago coach Brad Fittler fined himself $10,000 for his own drunken episode at Townsville when he was half-naked and attempted to enter a woman’s room.
Last week hooker Jake Friend and rookie Sandor Earl were charged with assault after a nightclub scuffle – Friend accused of assaulting a female.
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