Canberra Raiders full back Jack Wighton has been hit with a two-month suspended prison sentence and hit with a A$3,500 fine after being found guilty of a drunken assault at a nightclub earlier this year.
25-year-old Wighton has made over a century of appearances for the capital club and pulled on the Raiders jersey thirteen times in 2018 before being handed a A$30,000 fine and a ten week ban in July after the NRL viewed footage of the incident. That ban ended the eight-time representative player’s season early but, after today’s sanctions, the league has confirmed that Wighton won’t be hit with another lengthy bar on playing. “We already came over the top to impose a higher penalty than the Raiders imposed,” the statement read. “We did that based on seeing the video footage. We believe 10 weeks and a $30,000 fine was a strong and appropriate penalty. So that will be the final penalty from the NRL.”
Clearly remorseful over the incident which occured in Canberra in February, Wighton admitted that “it was a big muck up on my behalf.” He added that he was keen to apologise in person to those involved but that wasn’t possible. Furthermore, the player revealed he had received counselling after the incident and was keen to remedy the situation as best as he could. In court, he admitted that his family had been hit hard by the situation, saying “it has been difficult on everyone”. “If I could change it, I definitely would,” Wighton added.