NRL: South Sydney Rabbitohs have stood down George Burgess
Last Updated: 18/06/13 8:34am
George Burgess: Off-field antics lead to suspension
George Burgess has issued an unreserved apology after being suspended by South Sydney Rabbitohs following an off-field incident.
The English prop, one of four Dewsbury-born brothers playing for the NRL outfit, has been charged with two counts of wilful damage to property and will appear in court on 10 July.
The 21-year-old is alleged to have smashed a car window in Cairns in the early hours of Monday morning while celebrating his side's 30-24 NRL win over Gold Coast Titans.
Souths have responded by suspending Burgess for two matches and fining him £6,100, a penalty agreed in conjunction with the NRL.
In a statement issued by his club, Burgess said: "I would like to apologise unreservedly to the Rabbitohs members, sponsors and everyone in the community.
"I have let my team and my family down. I acknowledge that I am a role model for kids and I will do everything I can to restore my reputation through working harder in the community.
"It is my responsibility to ensure that this type of behaviour does not happen again. I will learn from my mistake and bounce back stronger and better as a person."
Souths have said Burgess will also pay for the cost of the damage, undergo an anger management program and commit to a further 50 hours (in addition to his existing commitments) of community support work through Souths Cares.
"George accepts he's done the wrong thing and that there has to be a price," said Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson.
"For someone on his contract level it is a big price to pay and he still has to deal with the issue in court.
"We will support him because he has faced up to what he has done and because this isn't reflective of his general behaviour at the club.