Warriors' Konrad Hurrell fined for sex video

Last updated 17:43 07/05/2014
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Warriors player Konrad Hurrell says he wants to put his sex tape scandal behind him.

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Under-fire Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell has apologised to his club, family and fans after a video showing him involved in a sex act appeared on social media.

Speaking in a video posted on the Warriors' website today, the 22-year-old appeared remorseful after being slapped with a $5000 fine and being ordered to undergo counselling. 

"First of all I just wanted to apologise to everyone especially the club, the fans, my family as well and all my friends out there for what I've done," Hurrell said.

"I was being stupid and I've learnt a lot from what I've done, and I just want to move on and keep playing footy. 

"I'm just glad I get the opportunity to play this weekend and hopefully I'll perform well for everybody."

The sex video, taken on a phone while driving and showing Hurrell involved in an act with 39-year-old Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakely, was released on Instagram on Monday.

An investigation was launched by the Warriors and the NRL's integrity unit soon after.

The Warriors today released a statement which said 22-year-old Hurrell had apologised to the club.

Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said Hurrell was "full of remorse".

''While the incident involved two consenting adults, his action in sharing the content with others was unacceptable and inappropriate.

''Every year since he has been with us, Konrad has attended social media seminars and workshops conducted by the NRL. He knows the expectations but in this case he made a poor choice.''

Hurrell said he wanted to apologise for any trouble caused.

''I am so sorry this has happened. I've embarrassed the club, my team-mates, the members and most of all my family. I made a bad decision, but I will learn from this.''

Scurrah said the matter had brought unwanted focus on the club and the NRL.

''The NRL's integrity unit has been fully briefed on our findings and the penalty we are imposing,'' he said.

A spokesman for the NRL said it had accepted the Warriors' findings and would not be taking any further action.

Scurrah said the $5000 would be donated to charity and Hurrell would undergo some counselling on the use of social media.

Hurrell has been named in the Warriors starting line up to take on the Canberra Raiders at Eden Park on Saturday.


At Warriors' training yesterday stand-in coach Andrew McFadden said the incident was embarrassing for the young centre.

''We all make mistakes and he has made one and he will have to live with the consequences of that, but in terms of having any impact on the rest of the team - I don't think it should.''

McFadden said the incident was a warning to young athletes to think before they act.

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''They get a lot of education on this but they are still young men. They have got physically matured bodies, but maybe not in the mind. Sometimes you make the mistakes and he has made one and he is going to have to live with that.''


The incident comes at an awkward time for the NRL - just as it launches its ''Women in League'' campaign which aimed to provide women with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles in their local areas or clubs. 

NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle, a former boss of the New Zealand Rugby League, said there was a potential impact from the controversy on sponsors and people deciding what sport their children should be playing.

''You get mothers who are deciding if their kids should play the game, you get a club who is potentially on the verge with some high-profile corporate who wants to get involved in the game, and something happens that puts them off,'' Doyle said.

Doyle told Australia's Channel Seven TV station that the NRL would confront the issue.

''You can't just ignore it, you have to deal with it, and you gain some more credibility rather than potentially if you don't deal with it properly.''

Hurrell's untimely exposure follows two incidents in the under-20s State of Origin clash on Saturday night that also had the code's bosses in damage control.

NSW halfback Mitchell Moses has been banned for two matches and ordered to undergo an anti-vilification education and awareness programme after he called Queensland opponent Luke Bateman a ''f...ing gay c...''.

NSW prop Matt Lodge received a two-match ban after being charged with detrimental conduct for bizarrely having the word ''c---'' written on strapping until ordered to remove the tape by NSW team officials.

NRL chief executive Dave Smith said of the incidents: ''There is no place for any form of discrimination in our game. Rugby League is a game for everyone and we will not tolerate slurs based on gender, race, sexuality or any other matter. The NRL is determined to stamp out discrimination in our game.''

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