The NRL has fined a Parramatta Eels player $5000 for appearing in a sex tape that was circulated on social media.

The player was seen engaging in sex with a woman in a public toilet cubicle. Footage of the incident was recorded and distributed without the couple’s consent.

The NRL issued the player with a breach notice declaring that “he brought the game into disrepute” by engaging in sex in a public place, despite being “the alleged victim of an illegally filmed video”.

The NRL said that it would assist the player if he chose to pursue criminal proceedings against the person who filmed the sexual act. There are no complaints about the player’s conduct during the incident.

The player can respond to the breach notice during the next five days.

The NRL issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“The National Rugby League (NRL) has issued a Parramatta Eels player with a breach notice alleging he brought the game into disrepute after a video emerged of him participating in an intimate act at a public venue. The notice proposes the player is fined $5000.

“All players are public figures and have a responsibility to ensure their actions do not risk damaging the brand and reputation of the game. In this circumstance, the NRL believes the player failed in that responsibility. 

“The NRL accepts the player is the alleged victim of an illegally filmed video and is offering both welfare support and assistance if he wishes to pursue criminal action against the individual who filmed the video.

“The NRL has determined the player did not breach any other NRL rule nor is there any complaint about the conduct of the player.

“The player has five days to respond to the NRL Breach Notice.”

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