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Mitchell Pearce issues emotional apology for Australia Day antics, admits to alcohol problem

Mitchell Pearce has admitted he has a problem with alcohol, accepted he needs help and has apologised for his actions on Australia Day.

Mitchell Pearce fronts the media

Mitchell Pearce makes a brief statement apologising for his drunken behaviour caught on camera on Australia Day.

In a brief statement to media in Surry Hills at 1pm, a visibly upset Pearce said his behaviour had been unacceptable.

"I'm embarrassed and take full responsibility for my actions," he said.

Facing the music: Mitchell Pearce addresses the media on Friday afternoon.
Facing the music: Mitchell Pearce addresses the media on Friday afternoon. Photo: Kate Geraghty

"I acknowledge that I have a problem with alcohol and it's something I need to address. It's not an excuse but finally a realisation that I finally need help.

"Together with the club I'm working on a solution for me to address the issues which will come out in the next couple of days.

"I just want to thank everyone for turning up and I apologise again."

Pearce was exposed in a video shot on Australia Day in a highly intoxicated state and involved in a distasteful interaction with a dog.

Mitchell Pearce and his actions

Fairfax's Andrew Webster shares his opinion on the Mitchell Pearce video.

Speculation has been that Pearce will be stripped of the Roosters captaincy, fined $50,000 and suspended from the Roosters' UK trip for the World Club Challenge.

The NRL is said to be considering a ban in the vicinity of six matches.

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