Josh Papalii caught drink driving

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    Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii involved in drink driving incident in nation’s capital


    Michael Carayannis, The Daily Telegraph
    18 minutes ago



    CANBERRA Raiders star Josh Papalii has been involved in a drink driving incident in the nation’s capital.

    The Raiders are aware their 24-year-old back-rower was pulled over yesterday. Canberra chief executive Don Furner said he was “disappointed.”

    “We are disappointed with his actions, We will work with the Australian Federal Police” [/FONT]Furner said[FONT=&amp]

    The Raiders will investigate before handing down any punishment to Papalii along with the NRL’s integrity unit.

    Papalii is in the midst of a recovery program after needing ankle surgery which ruled him out of Australia’s Four-Nations campaign last year.

    In 2014 Papalii faced court for allegedly driving on a suspended licence because of an unpaid parking fine, which had seen his licence suspended about seven months earlier.

    He was fined and banned for driving for one month.

    The Kangaroos and Maroons star has had prior issues with his driving licence.

    Earlier that year Papalii was involved in a strange road rage incident in which he was forced to apologise to a motorist after throwing a one litre bottle of moisturising cream at him.

    The Raiders released a statement this afternoon confirming Papalii’s charge.


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    Josh Papalii’s Kangaroos spot in jeopardy after bizarre drink driving conviction


    Dan Walsh, FOX SPORTS
    An hour ago



    JOSH Papalii’s Australian Test spot is in jeopardy after the Raiders star was convicted of drink driving after twice self-reporting himself to police.

    Papalii’s latest bizarre incident behind the wheel saw him plead guilty to level three drink driving in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday, and hit with a $1000 fine and eight-month driving ban.

    According to reports on the Canberra Times and ABC websites, the court heard that following celebrations of Canberra captain Jarrod Croker’s engagement on January 14, Papalii had twice phoned police after 2am reporting a back car driving erratically in the northern suburb of Gungahlin.

    When Papalii blew 0.123 over the limit, he admitted to making the calls himself, in “order to prove a point”.

    Papalii’s previous indiscretions include allegedly driving on a suspended licence in 2014 due to an unpaid parking fine, while earlier that year he was forced to apologise to a motorist after throwing a bottle of moisturiser at him in a fit of road rage.

    Any further punishment now starts with the Raiders board, who have begun discussions with the NRL Integrity Unit regarding Papalii’s behaviour.

    “Josh is very remorseful for what happened today. We’re happy that the matter’s over and we’ll move on from here,” Raiders CEO Don Furner told reporters outside court, confirming that the NRL would be involved in any call on Papalii’s immediate future.

    Papalii had already stood down from the Raiders leadership group in the aftermath of the off-season incident.

    Should the governing body deem further action is necessary, it has the power to impose its own sanctions on the Test and Origin star.

    “We were aware that that was in court today and what I can tell you is there are some discussions happening right now between the NRL integrity unit and the Canberra Raiders and I’ll expect them to conclude those discussions pretty quickly,” NRL chief Todd Greenberg said.

    “But like we always say, there’s always consequences for actions and that’s a decision that will ultimately be made by Canberra.”

    The 24-year-old’s place in the Kangaroos squad named on Wednesday may yet be under threat given coach Mal Meninga’s hard line stance on disciplinary incidents.

    Canberra teammate Shannon Boyd was named 18th man and shapes as a likely inclusion should Papalii be axed from Meninga’s bench.

    The national coach was unavailable for comment when contacted, but has previously backed the snubbing of players on the grounds of off-field conduct.

    Sharks star Andrew Fifita and Eels powerhouse Semi Radradra were both excluded from last season’s Four Nations tour to the UK as the pair were embroiled in controversy.

    Fifita was issued with an NRL breach notice and a $20,000 for his public support of convicted killer Kieran Loveridge, while Radradra was facing serious domestic violence charges against his ex-girlfriend, the results of which are expected to be handed down when that trial recommences next week.

    Greenberg advised selectors not to consider the pair for the end of season trip, a stance Meninga wholeheartedly supported as part of his campaign to restore the prestige of the green and gold jumper.

    Papalii’s Canberra teammate Junior Paulo was suspended from the Raiders season opener this year as a result of common assault and reckless driving charges from a road rage incident in 2015.

    In 2013 NSW prop James Tamou also missed an Origin fixture after being suspended for two matches by the NRL and fined $20,000 for driving under the influence.


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    Raiders statement on Josh Papalii


    Fri 28 Apr, 2017, 3:05pm
    Raiders Media



    The Canberra Raiders Board are considering the amended AFP Statement of Facts and legal documents received today from Josh Papalii’s appearance in the ACT Magistrates Court.

    The Board is mindful of the personal issues that may have led to Josh’s behaviour that night and of their duty of care for their employee. Josh will now be required to front a Raiders board on Monday morning, being the earliest time to convene all the Members together, to further clarify the circumstances surrounding his conviction in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday.

    Due to the timing of yesterday's court decision in relation to the match on Saturday, the Raiders board has allowed Josh to participate in this rounds match before fronting the board on Monday (May 1).

    This will allow the board and Josh sufficient time to obtain materials from the Court and Josh with enough time to prepare his response. It is at this time, the Board will consider appropriate further sanctions against Josh, including missing premiership matches. To summarise;

    • Josh is permitted to play for the Raiders tomorrow, but any further matches will depend on the outcome of the process on Monday.

    • The status of Josh's selection in the Test Match will be a matter for the Kangaroos.

    Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner said the club would continue to work with the NRL Integrity Unit to ensure the best outcome was achieved to further protect the integrity of the game.

    "The Canberra Raiders have a strong record in dealing with player behaviour issues and this matter will be no different. The Board Meeting Monday will give both parties time to consider the facts and to hear Josh’s side of the story before handing down any further sanctions," Furner said.

    "We have to also balance personal matters and player welfare in a sensitive and confidential manner, as best we can, given the media interest."

    "Obviously, we do not condone what Josh has done but we know how remorseful he is and he remains a highly valued member of the Raiders family."

    The Raiders will be making no further comment until after Monday’s Board Meeting.


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