Melbourne Rebels lock Adam Byrnes has been handed a fine and a warning following a misconduct hearing
Judicial offficer Nigel Hampton QC has found that Byrnes has committed an act of misconduct for comments in an article in the Daily Telegraph on 23 March 2012.
Hampton found that the interview contained an unwarranted and serious verbal attack by Byrnes on the integrity and good character of another player (Waratahs centre Tom Carter). According to Hampton, an attack such as this well might impair public confidence in that other player’s character and integrity.
Following a successful appeal against a 10-week sanction handed down by SANZAR for making contact with the eyes of Carter, Hampton commented, ‘The judicial system had worked in Mr Byrnes’ favour. Dignity and restraint - good sportsmanship - were called for. Dignity and restraint - good sportsmanship - were not forthcoming.’
Hampton found that no credit could be given to Byrnes for remorse, as unlike other cases where remorse had been shown, in this case there was no remorse, no admission and no apology.
Byrnes has been issued with an official warning from SANZAR that behaviour such as this will not be tolerated or allowed by SANZAR and if any future conduct by him of the like found here, will lead to far more significant consequences than here imposed.
He has also been fined A$5,000 and will also need to pay A$2,500 for SANZAR costs.