South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis has pleaded guilty to drink-driving charges in New South Wales, as reported by Fox Sports.
Inglis was pulled over by highway patrol officers on October 1 after he was clocked speeding along the Great Western Highway on his way home from the Koori Knockout tournament in Dubbo.
The police proceeded with a roadside blood alcohol breath test on the 31-year old, which returned positive results for drink-driving.
Inglis’ lawyer James Jordan entered the plea on behalf of the NRL star at Lithgow Local Court on Thursday and asked for the matter to be adjourned to Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court for sentence on January 4.
“He does consider himself to be a role model and he hopes that in accepting full responsibility, he will be able to continue as a role model,” Mr Jordan told reporters outside court, adding that the player did not show up due to shoulder surgery.
Inglis was caught by police only hours after being named as the Kangaroos captain for their two end of year Test Matches, however he was subsequently suspended by coach Mal Meninga for the matches against Zealand and Tonga.
At the time Inglis admitted he was in the wrong, but refused to step down as captain, however the decisions was ultimately taken out of his hands.
“I’m sincerely apologetic,” Inglis said at the time.
“My status in this game and where I am as a person around this community, it’s not good enough and if anything is to come out of this, it’s a lesson that everyone should learn and take away from this.”
The captaincy was handed over to Boyd Corner, but Meninga was hopeful Inglis would learn from his mistakes.
“I hope to see him back in a Kangaroos jersey next year,” Meninga said at the time.
“Greg has been an integral part of the team for many years and I expect him to be back.”
“No one respects those values more than Greg and we look forward to him returning to the team next year.”
“Greg was in fact an integral part of the creation of the RISE (Respect, Inspire, Selfless, Excellence) values (of the Kangaroos).”
“As a result he’s accepted the penalty and I think he has shown real leadership by the way he has been accountable for his actions.”