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Wests Tigers Under 20s forward Nathan Brown will accept a two-week suspension from the NRL match review committee after being charged with grade-three contrary conduct.
Wests Tigers view this behaviour as completely unacceptable and fully support the strong stance taken by the NRL.
Taking into account the game was nationally televised and 2000 junior league players were in attendance, Wests Tigers see this behaviour as completely unacceptable.
“We have a responsibility to our Members, supporters and other stakeholders to ensure that our players and staff in general are beyond question in their actions,” said Wests Tigers Chief Operating Officer, Grant Mayer.
“Having met with both Nathan and his manager, it is clear that Nathan is exceptionally remorseful, if not embarrassed, by his actions on Saturday night.
“No doubt the NRL has sanctioned our players appropriately, however the coaching staff and our Club generally need to be vigilant to ensure that this type of thing does not happen again.
“Nathan will work with the Club coaching staff in a number of different areas in the coming weeks in an effort to get back on the field for our Round 19 game against the Warriors.
“There are no guarantees, but we are all hopeful that Nathan embraces the opportunity.”
Nathan Brown has accepted the disciplinary action and issued the following statement.
“Saturday night was completely out of line and I want to apologise to my family, friends and the Wests Tigers supporters.” Brown said
“It’s completely out of character for me and I understand that I need to work hard to regain the trust of the people around me.
“Over the coming weeks I will be working with the club to ensure that when I return, I will support my teammates to achieve the best possible result for the remainder of the 2013 season.”
Brown’s teammate Kyle Lovett has accepted a two-week ban after being charged with grade-two contrary conduct by NRL match review committee for his role in the incident.