A remorseful Greg Inglis has today fronted media following being caught for allegedly drink driving and speeding on Monday.
Inglis has admitted he has let a lot of people in the game down, but will not be standing down as newly appointed Australian Kangaroos captain.
The 31-year-old spoke at a press conference in Sydney on Tuesday saying he is very sorry for the mistake he has made.
“I’m sincerely apologetic and hopefully this can get sorted and we can move on from this,” Inglis said.
“As a player, as a person in this community, it’s not good enough.
“I’ve let a lot of people down as a proud indigenous role model.”
The South Sydney star was pulled over on Monday afternoon when he was detected to be travelling over the speed limit along the Great Western Highway in Lithgow, just hours after Australian coach Mal Meninga announced him as Cameron Smith’s replacement.
A positive reading was returned on a roadside breath test which saw Inglis be taken to Lithgow Police Station, where its reported he blew a reading of 0.085.
Speaking on Macquarie Sports Radio on Tuesday, Bellamy said he’d like to see Inglis remain as captain but knows there are protocols that must be followed.
“I had a couple of beers last night and just before I came home it came up on one of the TVs in the bar there about Greg being done for DUI,” Bellamy said.
“It’s certainly not great timing and I must say I’m surprised … Greg is a wonderful human being and I know how proud he would be to captain Australia.
“He’s obviously made a mistake or an error of judgement. Hopefully it’ll turn out OK for him.
“It’ll be up to the hierarchy at the ARL to decide the best thing to do or the proper thing to do.
“I’d like to see them just forgive him and let him play and let him be the captain, but I know there are standards in our game that we’ve got to uphold as well, so that’ll be a decision for someone a little bit higher up than me.”