Warrior Sam Tomkins fined for public urination
Warriors star fullback Sam Tomkins has been fined $2000 by the club after urinating in a public place in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Gold Coast.
Tomkins was celebrating the Warriors' 24-16 win over the Titans on Saturday night when he was caught short in the city at 5am.
The club released a statement today, confirming the incident. Tomkins was issued with a A$100 (NZ$110) instant fine by police, who deemed it a minor affair. But Warriors officials have taken a more heavy-handed approach, slapping him with a $2000 penalty.
Warriors management were made aware of Tomkins' actions on Monday and concluded their investigation today.
"We've met with Sam and he admits he made an error in judgement," Warriors general manager football Dean Bell said.
"He knows this kind of behaviour is unacceptable."
Tomkins said he was naturally embarrassed about the incident.
"I'm disappointed in myself. I thought I was in a secluded spot but realise I still made a poor decision," he said.
Tomkins is not the first Englishman to get in trouble after a game in Queensland.
Last year, his England teammate George Burgess hurled a street sign into a car windscreen in Cairns after celebrating his team's 30-24 win over the Titans.
He was charged with two counts of wilful damage to property, banned for two games and fined A$10,000 (NZ$10,800).
While Tomkins' misdemeanour is considered less severe, it isn't a good look for the player, especially as the NRL was clamping down on poor off field behaviour from players.
Tomkins was signed by the Warriors in a three-year deal reportedly worth $750,000 per year. Bell said the matter had been dealt with and no further action would be taken.