The NRL has handed down a heavier sanction to Canberra fullback Jack Wighton, with the League issuing a 10-week ban coupled with a $30,000 fine.

The Raiders originally handed Wighton a six-week ban, but following NRL CEO Todd Greenberg’s recommendations, the League decided to extend his punishment.

Wighton will now be ineligible to play until round 25.

Back in February, Wighton was involved in multiple incidents in Canberra, and recently pleaded guilty to five counts of assault and one count of public urination.

The Canberra Raiders were not too pleased with the additional sanction, and released the following statement.

“After reviewing all of the facts surrounding this incident we firmly stand by our decision and the punishment handed down by the Club,” Raiders Chairman Dr Allan Hawke AC said.

“We’re disappointed to learn the NRL does not agree with this punishment and feel they have to come over the top and add a further four weeks and a monetary fine to the penalty.

“This penalty is excessive, as Jack still has to face further penalties imposed by the ACT Magistrate and Galambany Courts. We are perplexed as to why the NRL felt the need to impose further punishment before this process was concluded and it sets an extraordinary precedent to the way matters are handled by Clubs in the future.

“In light of this, it appears Clubs don’t really have a role in imposing penalties on their own employees, so perhaps it’s time for the NRL and its Integrity Unit to decide these matters, so that there will be a consistent approach for future offences.”

“We will continue to support Jack in his rehabilitation,” Dr Hawke concluded.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Well considering his still aloud to play at all I would consider it very lucky and the punishment stillnot harsh enough.
    Lots of people kicked out for a lot worse…

  2. Well considering his still aloud to play at all I would consider it very lucky and the punishment stillnot harsh enough.
    Lots of people kicked out for a lot less

  3. The NRL are so hypocritical double standard organisation, there is one set of rules for the Broncos and another for the other clubs. How come the NRL didn’t step in the Matt Lodge case????? of course the untouchable Broncos can away with any indiscretions what so ever, as the NRL turns a blind eye.
    The raiders should address that point

    • What are you on about? Lodge was sacked and spent 2 years out of the NRL for his assault charges, only being allowed back in this year.

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