Super League side Wigan Warriors have officially suspended duel code international Joel Tomkins for Four weeks following a Video of him being Drunk and Abusive to bar staff appeared on Social media over the weekend.
The clip that appeared just hours after Wigan’s 23-0 defeat to Warrington in the Challenge cup quarter final, Joel can be send with his young brother and Team mate Sam Tomkins, both drunk, while Joel attempts to make his way behind the bar before aiming insults at the bar staff and refusing to leave the premises when asked by staff and what seems to be another elderly customer.
It is believed that the incident was a number of weeks ago and the Club already had some knowledge of what happened, but were quick to address the situation with the clubs Executive Director Kris Radlinski stating he was “pretty disgusted at the Video, before releasing a statement on behave of the club.
“Our players know and fully understand the role that they have to play within the community and to see two of our high profile, senior players behave in such a way, disappointed me greatly.
“They aren’t just role models for the young kids in the town, they’re role models for the younger players in the squad. It is impossible to put a strong culture in place if players you trust to drive those standards act in such a way.
“All players are allowed periods of downtime but know that they must act responsibly and in a manner fitting of a professional sportsman.
“Having spoken to both Joel and Sam this morning they both expressed shame and regret about their behavior and the effects it has had on all of the individuals concerned. Both of them are fully aware that they have disrespected the Club and the town – and let themselves and their families down.”
The club will be making no further comment upon the matter until the full investigation has been completed.
Both players were called into the club to meet with senior staff and explain their actions on Sunday morning, with Joel being stood down from selection for 4 weeks and fined £10,000 while the club investigate further along with discussions into Joel’s long-term future at the club. His brother Sam who other than being drunk was more of a by stander to the events and has already announced he will be joining French outfit Catalan Dragons for the 2019 season has been handed a £5,000 fine but will be available for their game against Wakefield Trinity this Thursday.