The Rabbitohs have revealed two of its players were charged by police during its pre-season trip to the USA.
Former South Sydney captain John Sutton and ex-Rabbitoh Luke Burgess were both involved in an incident in Arizona during the team’s pre-season camp late last year that led to the pair being charged.
The 2015 NRL premiers released a statement which revealed Sutton and Burgess were engaged in “disorderly behaviour” during towards the end of the club’s pre-season camp.
Charges against both players were later withdrawn.
“Two South Sydney Rabbitohs players, Luke Burgess and John Sutton, were involved in an incident in Arizona at the end of the team’s high altitude training camp last year,” the statement read.
The Rabbitohs informed the NRL Integrity Unit of the incident straight away and have kept the Integrity Unit informed along the way.
“It related to alleged disorderly behaviour of the two players, who were charged. Charges that were laid have since been withdrawn.”
The Rabbitohs’ revelation explains the club’s decision to remove the captaincy from Sutton, while Burgess was released to the Manly Sea Eagles.
Sutton also did not feature in South Sydney’s 12-12 Charity Shield draw against St George on Saturday.
The Rabbitohs say the NRL is “completely satisfied” with the punishment dealt out to both players.
“Despite the charges being withdrawn, the players were disciplined internally by the club for breaching the Club’s Code of Conduct, in consultation with the NRL, and the NRL is completely satisfied by the actions taken by the club.”