Parramatta’s Dylan Brown has received a further suspension of four matches from the NRL and has been fined $40,000 after being found guilty of sexual touching. This disciplinary action comes after Brown had already been stood down for three games due to an incident at The Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay where he touched a woman’s breasts without her consent. It was revealed in court that Brown had consumed up to 20 alcoholic drinks on the night in question. Brown pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual touching and was sentenced to an 18-month Community Correction Order.
As a result of the NRL‘s decision, Brown will be unavailable to play until round 23 when Parramatta faces off against St George Illawarra. The Warriors‘ Josh Curran has also received a two-match ban and a $10,000 fine following his own court proceedings related to an altercation in Port Macquarie last October. Due to this disciplinary action, Curran was withdrawn from last week’s game against South Sydney and will not be participating in the upcoming match against Parramatta.
In a statement last week, Brown expressed his sincere apologies to the person involved and acknowledged the impact his behavior had on them. He admitted to being ashamed of his actions and took full responsibility for them. Brown also extended his apologies to everyone connected to the club and expressed his commitment to learn from this experience.
Under the NRL‘s no-fault stand-down policy, players charged with offenses carrying a maximum prison term of 11 years or more are automatically stood down until their court proceedings are concluded. Although Brown’s charges did not meet that threshold, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo exercised his discretionary power to stand him down when five charges were initially laid against him.
In regard to the penalty, half of Brown’s fine has been suspended on the condition that he completes education and training programs and does not violate the NRL‘s code of conduct within the next year. The NRL‘s stance is clear, with Abdo stating that the league does not tolerate any form of unlawful conduct, particularly offenses against women. The education and training programs that Brown will undergo will focus on rehabilitation and prevention, emphasizing his responsibilities as an NRL player, including responsible alcohol consumption and the impact of his behavior on the victim, as well as others, his club, and the game as a whole.
Brown’s absence for the forthcoming match against the Warriors adds to Parramatta’s woes as they are already missing key players Mitchell Moses, Clint Gutherson, and Reagan Campbell-Gillard due to Origin duty.