Sorry Mason faces court for DUI

RUGBY LEAGUE

Willie Mason has apologised after adding to a horror off-season for Newcastle when he was charged with drink-driving.

The Knights forward recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.09 after being pulled over for a random breath test on his way to training yesterday morning.

He was charged with a mid-range offence by police and is scheduled to appear in Newcastle Local Court on February 20.

He took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to issue on apology.

"Jus want 2 say sorry to everyone. I take full responsibility it was bad judgment. I thought I was fine 2 drive. Obviously not. sorry again," he wrote.

Mason has been heavily involved in promoting the NRL Nines in New Zealand and Australia in the lead-up to the Auckland event on February 15-16.

But his involvement in the tournament is now under a cloud, with the incident under investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit.

"The NRL Integrity Unit is aware of the incident and will work through the proper processes with Newcastle," an NRL spokesman said.

Last season North Queensland prop James Tamou was banned for two games and fined $20,000 by the Integrity Unit after recording a drink-driving reading of 0.197 in Townsville.

The Mason drama continues a troubling off-season for Newcastle.

It comes less than a month after fellow Knights prop Russell Packer was jailed for assaulting a man outside a Sydney bar.

Ex-New Zealand international Packer, who is appealing against the sentence, had yet to play for the club and was subsequently sacked.

Details also emerged on Sunday of exciting centre Dane Gagai, who joined Newcastle in 2012 after being sacked by Brisbane, going missing at an emerging Queensland Origin camp following a boozy night out.

The 23-year-old had a night out during the January 17-19 camp and didn't front for training the next day at the camp being run by Knights coach Wayne Bennett at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane.

Former Knights five-eighth Ben Rogers, who is now employed by the club as a community and charity support manager, was also embroiled in controversy when he was charged with two counts of assault following an incident at a taxi rank late last year. AAP

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