Rugby league star Mitchell Pearce has been stood down and is set to be fined $50,000 after a video emerged of him allegedly simulating a sexual act with a dog and urinating on himself at an Australia Day house party.
The Roosters halfback, 26, will also be stripped of the club’s captaincy after he was filmed miming a lewd act with a small dog and forcing a woman to kiss him, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Pearce reportedly apologised to his teammates after he was caught on camera thrusting and saying: ‘I wanna f*** animals’ before allegedly urinating down his shorts and onto a sofa in front of shocked partygoers.
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Rugby league star Mitchell Pearce has been filmed allegedly simulating a sexual act with a small dog while yelling ‘I wanna f*** your dog’
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson said the club is ‘going through’ the incident with Pearce and the NRL.
‘The behaviour was unacceptable. We understand that,’ Robinson told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
‘At the Roosters, we can’t accept that and we won’t. Over the next couple of days we will come to a conclusion with the NRL.’
In the devastating video, the 26-year-old was heard slurring his words after spending the day on a cruise around Sydney Harbour with his teammates.
The Roosters premiership captain, 26, was captured miming the lewd act in front of his teammates
Pearce was also filmed in the video attempted to kiss a woman, who rejected him and said: ‘no I’m a lesbian’
‘I’ll f*** that dog, I don’t give a f***. I don’t have a sexuality,’ Pearce said.
In the potentially career-ending video, the shirtless halfback was seen staggering towards a woman and asking: ‘Can I have a kiss?’
But the woman recoiled and responded saying: ‘No I’m a lesbian’.
The NSW Origin star then grabbed a small white dog and started stimulating a sex act while a woman’s voice could be heard yelling: ‘No that’s my dog…woah woah, no.’
‘I’ll f*** that dog, I don’t give a f***. I don’t care,’ he can be heard yelling in the footage, which is being investigated by the NRL.
Pearce, the son of former Australian test player Wayne Pearce, is then seen being thrown out of the party with a crowd of people while a woman is heard yelling: ‘Off limits…get out, get out’.
‘You’ve peed on my couch, you’ve peed on yourself. Get the f*** out,’ the party host then said.
Rugby league star Mitchell Pearce has allegedly been filmed simulating a sexual act with a dog at an Australia Day house party before urinating on himself
He had earlier posted photographs on Instagram of himself and his teammates on a cruise around Sydney Harbour, saying: ‘Love these blokes’
The rugby league star also posted this picture, saying: ‘Bus riding to the boat cruise with the boys. Happy Aussie day’
Pearce had earlier posted photographs on Instagram of himself and his teammates on a sanctioned cruise around Sydney Harbour, saying: ‘Love these blokes’.
He also posted a picture of the group riding a bus to the boat party on Tuesday, tagging fellow Sydney Roosters players Joe Burgess, Joey Lussick, Connor Watson and Jackson Hastings.
The captain decided to carry on partying after the boat cruise and met up with friends at a small gathering – where the footage was taken by a fellow guest.
Sydney Roosters released a statement on Thursday morning, saying Pearce had been suspended by the club.
‘The Club wishes to advise that Mitchell Pearce has been stood down from all training commitments until the club concludes its internal investigation,’ the statement said.
‘The Club continues to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and will be making no further comment at this time.’
The NRL has since announced that the Integrity Unit is investigating the footage, which was released by A Current Affair, saying it has asked the Sydney Roosters for a report into the incident.
‘The Integrity Unit will work with the Roosters to ensure the matter is dealt with appropriately,’ the spokesman said.
Pearce has reportedly been banned from travelling to England next month for the World Club challenge and may face a six-match suspension.
Officials may also impose a permanent alcohol ban and send the player for therapy session, the Daily Telegraph reported.
‘At this stage he’ll lose the captaincy, be heavily fined and we won’t take him to England,’ an official said.
The NRL has since announced that the Integrity Unit is investigating the footage and asked the Sydney Roosters for a report into the incident.
The Roosters premiership captain, 26, was captured performing the lewd act after allegedly making advances toward a woman in a bedroom
Roosters chairman Nick Politis is also expected to add an ‘immediate sacking’ clause to his contract to ensure the player does not misbehave again.
The RSPCA has also slammed the ‘appalling’ footage and said it is investigating the footage.
A spokesman said: ‘RSPCA NSW is appalled by footage showing NRL player Mitchell Pearce engaging in a lewd act with a dog on the night of January 26/27.
‘RSPCA NSW is investigating and anyone with additional information is urged to call 1300 CRUELTY.’
It is not the first time the halfback has been embroiled in a scandal as he was fined $20,000 and stood down from a NRL match in 2014 after a woman complained about his behaviour at a club.
He publicly apologised after the woman involved, Melissa Arroja, posted on social media about the distressing incident.
She also shared photographs on her Instagram account, Melzbubblebutt, of herself wearing the yellow dress that she was wearing at the Beach Haus when the incident took place.
Pearce’s Instagram bio currently reads: ‘This too shall pass -enjoy the good times and roll with the bad, there is always light around the corner :)’
In 2010, Joel Monaghan was forced to quit the Raiders after being photographed simulating a lewd act with a dog.
Former Rooster and Cronulla Shark Todd Carney was photographed urinating into his own mouth in 2014, ending his career in the English Super League.
It is not the first time the halfback has been embroiled in a scandal as he was fined $20,000 and stood down from a NRL match in 2014 after a woman complained about his behaviour at a club
He publicly apologised after the woman involved, Melissa Arroja (pictured), posted on social media about the distressing incident
She also shared photographs on her Instagram account, Melzbubblebutt, of herself wearing the yellow dress that she was wearing at the Beach Haus when the incident took place
The footage has sparked outrage on social media with senior rugby league commentator Andrew Moore said the sport had again been tarnished as a result of the latest incident involving Pearce.
‘I’ve earned my living out of rugby league for many years,’ he said.
Commentator Jim Wilson also tweeted, saying: ‘Sordid,sickening,disgraceful #grub #mitchellpearce & an embarrassment to club,fans & a decent family.’
But former NRL player and boxing champion Anthony Mundine defended the halfback, saying he was just ‘acting like a drunk’.
‘That’s why I’ve never drunk or touch drugs cause it effects you negatively in so many ways especially your judgement,’ he posted on Facebook.
‘Everyone ain’t perfect it was simple stupid mishap by being a drunk…everyone that’s been d**** before while drunk know what I’m saying ! #badchoice #blownoutproportion #beatup #leavethekidalone #dontdrink.’