Penrith star Nathan Cleary apologises for “irresponsible and stupid” actions in lockdown

Penrith star Nathan Cleary has apologised for his “irresponsible and stupid” actions that led to him and team-mate Tyrone May receiving two-week suspensions.

The NRL has issued Cleary and May with breach notices. The additional matters relate to Cleary’s co-operation with the NRL integrity unit and he has been given a $30,000 fine and a two-match suspension.

His Panthers team-mate, May, has been issued a breach notice relating to the same matter. His notice proposes a $15,000 fine and two-match ban.

Cleary said: “I’m obviously pretty embarrassed by myself and not happy about what I have done.

“I just want to apologise for my actions. My actions were irresponsible, selfish, and just pretty plain stupid to be honest.

“I have brought a lot of negative attention to not only myself, but my family, the club, the game as well. That is probably what has hurt me the most.

“I have learned a lot about myself and I never want to go through this again. I think this could be a moment where I can kick on as a leader, and as a person.”

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