The LNR suspended Penrith Panthers star Nathan Cleary for two games for refusing to cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit for a breach of social distancing.
Cleary was also fined $ 30,000 for his suspension, and he was not the only Panthers player to be hit hard by the league.
Teammate Tyrone May also received a violation notice for his lack of cooperation with the NRL, the league offering a fine of $ 15,000 and a two-game suspension.
“The reports allege that the players have been untrue on material matters and the proposed sanctions reflect the seriousness of these allegations,” the LNR said in a statement Monday evening.
“Both players will now have the opportunity to answer questions alleged in the violation notices before a final decision is made.”
Cleary was thoroughly examined after leaked photos of him with several women in his house on Anzac day, and first said that the women had been with him for less than 10 minutes while waiting for an Uber.
However, Cleary’s coverup was exposed the next day when a pair of videos showing the NRL star dancing with up to five women were uploaded to the social media platform TikTok.
22-year-old was first fined $ 10,000 ($ 6,000 suspended) for violation of social distancing as well as a ban on a match suspended for the rest of the 2020 season.
Cleary and May will serve their suspensions once the NRL season resumes on May 28.
Additional sanctions at Cleary come after Panthers teammate James Tamou noted half star has been removed ever since the social distancing scandal.
“Obviously, he is fairly calm, he just has a lot of remorse for what he has done,” said Tamou.
“He is trying to do his best just to bow his head and do his job.
“Obviously, the NRL is still taking care of all of this and I wouldn’t know what to say until it is all done and finished.”