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Friend fined $10,000 for drink driving

17/03/2009 07:29:08 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend has been fined $10,000 by the NRL club and ordered to undergo counselling and education after he was charged for a high range drink driving offence on Monday night.

Friend and his manager Steve Gillis met with the Roosters' disciplinary committee on Tuesday where it was decided he would be heavily fined.

He was earlier named on the interchange bench for Sunday's clash with Canberra and won't be stood down by the club.

"He was extremely remorseful and contrite and acknowledged his very poor lack of judgment," said the Roosters in a statement.

"He expressed sincere disappointment and apologised for his serious mistake."

"The club view this matter very seriously and taking into account his remorse, honesty, youth and unblemished record at the club, we have issued the following financial penalty: a fine of $10,000."

Friend will undertake counselling and education sessions and become involved in an awareness program on the consequences of drink driving.

He has also offered to undertake the traffic offenders' program.

"The club believes that these rehabilitation measures are in the best interest of both the player and the game and will provide a much better outcome than standing the player down."

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