Raiders tell Jack Wighton he’ll be sacked if he misbehaves again
The Canberra Raiders have told Jack Wighton he will be sacked if he is involved in another off-field controversy after the fullback pleaded guilty to assault last year.
Wighton admitted he feared his career was over after his violent acts were captured on CCTV footage at the end of a night out in Civic 12 months ago.
Jack Wighton hopes to restart his career this year.Credit:Fairfax Media
"But I have to thank them for sticking by me at the same time because I wouldn't be here still [at the Raiders]."
Wighton was speaking about his incident at the same time the NRL is dealing with several off-field controversies, which have overshadowed the start of a new year.
Ben Barba was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys and deregistered by the NRL after an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident. There have also been coaching controversies, alleged assaults and sex tapes.
Wighton was involved in his incident last year, but the drama dragged on for nine months as he awaited sentencing from the ACT Galambany Circle Sentencing Court.
He faced two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of common assault, and one charge of public urination.
He was fined $3500, received a two-month suspended jail sentence and was placed on a one-year good-behaviour bond.
The NRL imposed a 10-match ban and fined Wighton $30,000 after the integrity unit viewed footage of the incident.
"It showed me how close I was to losing it all from that silly night," Wighton said.
"…Not really scared [of losing my career], stressed. Very stressed. Disappointed in myself. I let down my family, I've got two beautiful young girls and I thought about them more than anyone. What was the next step if it was the worst case?"
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