SIDELINE STINT: Corey Norman of the Eels looks on after his team's loss to the Panthers in round 19.
SIDELINE STINT: Corey Norman of the Eels looks on after his team's loss to the Panthers in round 19. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Norman banned for season after drug conviction

THE NRL has come down hard on wayward Parramatta star Corey Norman, who will not been seen on the playing field again this season after being banned for eight games and fined $20,000.

League Integrity Unit boss Nick Weeks said the penalties related to Norman’s conviction for drug possession at Sydney’s The Star casino; a police warning for consorting with known criminals at the casino; and filming incidents involving apparent drug use and sexual activity, of which he also distributed to other NRL players.

“The message is clear … players cannot put themselves in a position where they may damage their own reputations and that of the game,” Weeks said.

“We have been consistent this year in imposing strong penalties where players bring the game into disrepute through actions off the field.

“Whether it is drug possession, criminal associations or social media use, players understand the consequences that can flow from illegal or other unacceptable conduct.”

Norman had been enjoying his best season ever on the field with the Eels until going off the rails.


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