It was a revelation that piqued the interest of the NSW police, with AAP reporting that its history will be re-examined.
Cleary was initially cleared by police about an Anzac incident that involved having friends at his home despite the coronavirus restrictions. Five women were fined $ 1,000 for flouting government protocols.
Cleary has been suspended for two games and fined $ 30,000 for being “ untrue ” in his dealings with the LNR’s integrity unit in investigations of social distancing violations, after photos of him with women on his couch at home in April were emerged.
Panthers player Tyrone May, who lives with Cleary, also received a ticket and faces a $ 15,000 fine and a two-game suspension.
The bans are expected to begin when the NRL competition resumes on May 28.
It was revealed that the NRL considered it to be brutal in its response to Cleary’s behavior, as the NSW’s halfback was dishonest on several occasions.
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According to seasoned columnist Paul Kent, the Integrity Unit investigation revealed more dishonesty than Cleary after being caught lying in the initial discussions.
While Cleary had claimed that the women had fallen into his house to wait for an Uber, the investigation would have revealed that Cleary had in fact left his house to recover them, thus violating applicable government protocols preventing non-essential travel.
“First, the activities did not comply with public protocols,” said an LNR source. “But, second, he conspired to concoct a story about what he was doing.”
The roommates Cleary and May came to light on the whole story when the Integrity Unit again interviewed the two players, concluding that Cleary was “lying in material matters”.
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The new information prompted New South Wales Assistant Police Commissioner Gary Worboys to reconsider the matter.
“There will be further investigations into this in the coming days and if it is appropriate to take action against this person, it will happen,” Worboys told the AAP.
“This will be a local investigation by the police zone command. They have already processed it and we look forward to the outcome of this case in the coming days.”
May’s allegations of retiring to her room to stay within social distance have also been overturned. He joined the party alongside Cleary, leaving himself open to a $ 15,000 fine and a two-game suspension.
The five-eighth season has already been hit by a four-game suspension, which he has midway through for the sex tape scandal that engulfed the club last year, and will now join his teammates in the seventh round.
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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary said The Sydney Morning Herald his son was remorseful for his actions and that he will keep his place in the club’s leadership group.
Cleary thinks his son will remember this moment as the trigger that “made him a leader.”
“Nathan has gone through a lot of pain here,” said the Panthers’ coach.
“He made a big mistake, but this is the kind of situation that can be a very solid benchmark for the future.
“He is not the finished product. He entered the NRL at the age of 18 and has so far done pretty well.” [behaviourally]. But that will make him a leader. And there are not too many leaders that people want to follow and who are not mistaken. Often there is a big one somewhere.
“He is not perfect. It has been a couple of difficult weeks for him. He is very remorseful.”