The Club’s decision, endorsed by the NRL today, encompasses the forfeiture of match payments and a suspended fine and relates to an off-season incident on the Gold Coast in late October.
After careful deliberation and a recent changing of legal firms, Jorge has chosen to plead guilty, but with strong mitigating circumstances.
At the time of the incident, the Club took no official sanction as the matter was under due investigative process and Jorge had not offered any plea. However after the latest consultation with his legal representative and the NRL, resulting in a guilty plea, the Club believes it is now appropriate to make an announcement.
"Since the incident, Jorge has shown unconditional remorse and regret, and has vowed to learn from such a setback,” General Manager David Perry said today.
"He has continued to meet outstanding and widespread community service for the Sea Eagles, including visits to school reading sessions, hospitals and homes for the disabled, less fortunate and under-privileged.
"Jorge has already completed an NRL Education Ambassador Training Day covering mental health and cultural awareness, personal brand, and professional and ethical decision making, as well as successfully participating in a NYC rookie camp on the values and awareness of alcohol-related issues."
Jorge has remained both deeply sensitive and pro-active after this one-off incident seeking counselling through the NRL’s endorsed counselling service.
“I have learnt so much from this unfortunate incident about the value of responsibility and it’s really helped me mature as a person. I’m deeply sorry and I hope that something positive can come from this matter,” Mr Taufua said today.
The Club and Jorge will make no further comment at this stage.