I've learnt my lesson: Pearce

Mitchell Pearce

Mitchell Pearce

RUGBY LEAGUE

Mitchell Pearce has apologised for the wild night out that led to his NRL one-game suspension, calling it the kick up the backside he needed.

In a video message posted on the Sydney Roosters website on Wednesday night, Pearce said he took full responsibility for the episode.

He said sorry to his family, girlfriend, his club and its fans and the NRL, adding he had failed to live up to his responsibilities as a role model.

"I just want to take the time to apologise to everyone for my actions the last couple of days," he said.

"It's been hard on everyone involved and I've brought it all on myself. I take full responsibility . . . I take this as a learning curve.

"I need to work on my leadership. It's not where I need to be. It's a good kick up the backside for me."

Pearce has been stood down by the premiers for this weekend's game against North Queensland and fined $20,000 after being arrested in Kings Cross.

The 25-year-old was apprehended by officers for refusing to leave the Beach Haus nightclub following a complaint from a woman about his behaviour.

NRL chief Dave Smith says he's satisfied with the disciplinary action taken against Pearce by the Roosters.

The incident somewhat overshadowed the launch of the NRL's Women in League round at a luncheon in Sydney on Wednesday.

The event saw Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei pick up the Women in League's favourite son award, but Smith denied Pearce's actions should be viewed as another black eye for the code.

"The process has been clear and strong and we're comfortable with where we've landed and I think the Roosters have done a good job," Smith said.

"It was the right result and I hope Mitchell learns from it.

"If players misbehave on and off field there most certainly will be consequences." - AAP

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