State of Origin: Tamou stood down for drink driving

NSW prop James Tamou has been stood down from State of Origin game two plus one NRL match and fined $20,000 after being arrested for drink driving. Photo / Getty Images.
NSW prop James Tamou has been stood down from State of Origin game two plus one NRL match and fined $20,000 after being arrested for drink driving. Photo / Getty Images.

NSW prop James Tamou has been stood down from State of Origin game two plus one NRL match and fined $20,000 after being arrested for drink driving.

Tamou, 24, was arrested early on Monday morning in Townsville after allegedly being caught almost four times over the legal limit and driving without a licence.

On Wednesday, the NRL and Tamou's club North Queensland jointly handed down his rugby league penalties.

NRL chief executive Dave Smith said the facts were not in dispute and the penalties reflected the seriousness of the offences.

"This is a high level, high risk, high penalty situation,``Smith said.

"Drink driving puts lives at risk. Our players are well educated regarding alcohol management and there is no excuse for such behaviour.

"Our Integrity Unit has reviewed the situation, we have consulted with the Cowboys and we have sent a clear message of what is expected of our players.''

-AAP

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