Sydney Roosters player Mitchell Pearce has reportedly been stripped of his captaincy, stood down from training and could face a six-month suspension over his Australia Day actions.
Pearce was filmed in an alcohol-fuelled incident on Australia Day following a boat cruise on Sydney Harbour, which showed him simulating a sex act with a small dog, and kissing a woman who rejected his advances.
News Corp is reporting that Pearce will pay a high price for the incident, reportedly also copping a $50,000 fine.
The Roosters issued a statement this morning that confirmed Pearce would be stood down from training.
“The club wishes to advise that Mitchell Pearce has been stood down from all training commitments until the Club concludes its internal investigation,” the statement said.
“The Club continues to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and will be making no further comment at this time.”
A clause will be added to his contract that would see further incidents result in immediate dismissal.
The RSPCA has said it will conduct it’s own investigation into the behaviour of New South Wales State of Origin player and Sydney Roosters captain Mitchell Pearce.
The RSPCA was reportedly “appalled” with the video.
A video captured on a partygoer’s phone showing Pearce engaging in a lewd act involving a dog has aired on Nine’s A Current Affair program last night.
Pearce, appears to be affected by alcohol at an Australia Day house party and can be seen in the video forcing a kiss on a female, who tries to stop him.
He then grabs a dog, announcing: “I’ll f*** that dog, I don’t give a f***, I don’t have a sexuality.”
The 26-year-old is then seen to simulate sex with a pet dog in the lounge room.
The woman tells him to stop but Pearce continues before the woman removes the dog away and tells him to leave.
The woman also suggests that Pearce urinated on her couch and on himself.
“Get out,” she is heard saying.
Media are reporting today that the NRL has asked the Roosters for a report into the incident after the club advised the league about the matter.
“The [NRL] integrity unit will work with the Roosters to ensure the matter is dealt with appropriately,” an NRL statement read.
The Roosters confirmed they would also launch their own investigation.
“The club will conduct an internal investigation and will be making no further comment at this time,” a statement read.