Fresh after starring in New South Wales’ victory in the second State of Origin last Wednesday, Michael Jennings has drawn the ire of the Parramatta constabulary, after he and some friends got drunk and committed an act of vandalism.
When approached by police, Jennings confronted them in an aggressive manner. He was charged with hindering police and offensive behaviour and is due to appear in court on July 20.
His club, the Sydney Roosters, stood him down for one match and imposed a $20,000 fine on him for his actions.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson stated that he doesn’t believe Jennings deserves to be stood down from the New South Wales for the third and deciding State of Origin match on July 8th at Suncorp Stadium.
“It’s been a simple disagreement which will be heard in about five weeks so I think standing down from an NRL game and fined is definitely enough punishment.”
Robinson also revealed Jennings’ remorse for his actions “He’s disappointed that he’s let the guys down.”
New South Wales coach Laurie Daley had implemented a hardline stance on player misbehaviour last year when he stood down Mitchell Pearce and James Tamou for seperate indiscretions, however he has decided not to omit Jennings from the Origin decider if he’s available.
Daley said “If Michael had pleaded guilty he would not have been in our team.”