A Bulldogs player, Brad Morrin, has been fined $5,000 for bringing the Club into disrepute. Morrin was involved in a misunderstanding with a passing motorist outside the Bulldogs� Melbourne hotel early on Sunday morning.
Bulldogs CEO Malcolm Noad said, �Brad Morrin notified senior staff early Sunday morning of the incident and apologized to the team and officials at a team meeting. He has attended a meeting of the Club�s disciplinary committee this morning and has been fined $5,000. The Bulldogs� players committee has endorsed this fine and expressed their extreme disappointment to Brad and the Club.
Morrin said, �At 3am, I was trying to flag a taxi outside the hotel to get something to eat. After several full taxis went by I decided to try and hitch a ride. A car stopped in front of me and I opened the back door to ask the driver if I could get a lift. He got out of his car and looked upset. I explained I thought he had stopped to give me a lift and I apologised for alarming him. The motorist accepted that there had been a misunderstanding.
Morrin added, �A policeman, in his car just behind us, witnessed the incident and felt I was inebriated. The officer decided that the sensible course of action was to take me in. I willingly went with the officer and after an hour in a cell was released.�
The Bulldogs Club has been informed that it is standard police procedure in Victoria for anyone who is found to be drunk in a public place to be put into a police cell for four hours.
Morrin added, �I apologise to my teammates, Club officials, sponsors, Bulldogs fans and the NRL for the embarrassment this has caused them. I fully accept the punishment handed down by the Club.