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Mitchell Pearce's NRL career could be over after the Roosters captain was filmed simulating a lewd act with a dog during drunken Australia Day celebrations.
The NRL has demanded an urgent report from the club after footage of the incident was shown on the Nine network's A Current Affair.
The footage showed a female reject Pearce's advances and attempt to kiss him, saying "I'm a lesbian", before the Roosters captain turned his attention to a dog. Pearce was then seen picking up the dog and simulating a sex act. She then accused the 26-year-old of urinating on himself and the couch.
"You peed on my couch, you peed on yourself, get the f--- out," she said.
The footage, which was heavily promoted during Nine's Wednesday night news bulletin as "some of the most disgraceful behaviour you have ever seen from a footy star", quickly went viral.
The Roosters and the NRL were aware of the existence of the video and the governing body asked for an urgent report into the incident. The matter has been referred to the NRL's integrity unit.
"The integrity unit will work with the Roosters to ensure the matter is dealt with appropriately," an NRL spokesman said.
The Roosters released the following statement: "The Sydney Roosters are aware of an incident involving Mitchell Pearce. The Club has advised the NRL's Integrity Unit. The Club will conduct an internal investigation and will be making no further comment at this time."
Pearce is facing the prospect of being deregistered by the NRL if similar incidents are any gauge. Cronulla playmaker Todd Carney was sacked after he was photographed urinating into his own mouth. Carney has launched an unfair dismissal case that is before the Supreme Court.
Canberra also sacked centre Joel Monaghan after he simulated a sex act with a dog during Mad Monday celebrations.
The career of Pearce, the son of Australian Rugby League Commission director and Balmain legend Wayne Pearce, has previously been tarnished by off-field scandals. Pearce was fined and stood down for an incident involving "the girl in the yellow dress", which resulted in him missing the State of Origin series of 2013.
Roosters players posted images of themselves on Australia Day on Instagram, although most were deleted on Wednesday.
The incident is likely to have ramifications not only for the Roosters but also the NSW side. Should Pearce receive a long or indefinite ban, the Blues will be forced to seek a replacement for the playmaker.
The NRL has cracked down on inappropriate behaviour towards women and the fact Pearce is a repeat offender will likely end his career.
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