Sydney Roosters centre Michael Jennings has been put on a 12-month good behaviour bond by the Parramatta Local court.
Jennings pleaded guilty to offensive behaviour including swearing at police in a Parramatta parking lot at 3am on June 20 during the State of Origin series. At the time Jennings alleged that he was racially vilified and targeted by the arresting officers. The magistrate today dismissed charges of resisting arrest and hindering a police officer but found Jennings guilty of behaving inappropriately in a public place.
The NSW head of the NRL, Dave Trodden, has said no further action is warranted. “We fined him at the time,” Trodden said.
“Offensive behaviour, for which he did not receive any conviction, places the whole incident at the bottom of the range of seriousness for these sorts of things.”
Jennings will therefore be eligible for selection for New South Wales in the 2016 Origin series. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Michael Jennings from The Official Sydney Roosters Facebook page.