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Mitchell Pearce should be suspended for 12 months, says Mark Geyer

Former rugby league star Mark Geyer has blasted Mitchell Pearce over his drunken Australia Day incident, saying the Roosters playmaker should be banned from the NRL for 12 months.

Mitchell Pearce: Mark Geyer, Ray Hadley react

2GB host Ray Hadley says Mitchell Pearce must be severely punished while former Rugby League star Mark Geyer says he needs help.

Video footage, screened on Nine Network show A Current Affair on Wednesday night, showed a female rejecting Pearce's advances, before the 26-year-old Roosters skipper turned his attention to a dog.

The woman also accused the Roosters star of urinating on himself and the couch during the clip.

In trouble: Mitchell Pearce was filmed performing lewd acts.
In trouble: Mitchell Pearce was filmed performing lewd acts.  Photo: Courtesy of Diimex.com

Speaking on Triple M on Thursday morning, Geyer explained how his phone lit up with dozens of text messages from friends and colleagues asking about the video, which he wanted to see for himself before making a judgment.

After watching the footage, Geyer slammed Pearce for his despicable behaviour and implored the NRL to take a tough stance over the NSW halfback's behaviour.

"He needs to be suspended for 12 months, get a real job away from football and undergo counselling and rehabilitation," Geyer said.

"The blame game card cannot be played anymore. This is a bloke who's 26; he's not a rookie.

Strong stance: Mark Geyer.
Strong stance: Mark Geyer. Photo: Supplied

"This is Pearce's fourth or fifth indiscretion and he needs to be taken out of the system that he joined as a kid to appreciate what he's got.

"Mitchell Pearce needs help. He's obviously powerless when affected by alcohol and cannot control his behaviour.

Mitchell Pearce's career should be over: NRL advisor

Professor Catharine Lumby has worked with the NRL on gender issues for over a decade and says Mitchell Pearce must be stood down. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.

"If I saw my son on a video recording acting that way, I'd kick his arse from here to Katoomba.

"Today should be the day that the line is drawn in the sand in Mitchell Pearce's rugby league career. I saw a bloke next-level drunk.

"I saw a bloke with a massive problem, forcing himself onto a girl in her own home. Was it the worse thing I've ever seen? Probably not, but it's right up there."

The Roosters released a statement on Thursday morning, 12 hours after footage was aired, saying Pearce would not be involved with the club until an internal investigation was completed.

There is a good chance the club will strip Pearce of the captaincy, while there are reports he may be fined $50,000 as well as being banned from travelling to England for the World Club Challenge.

Parramatta legend Peter Sterling also made his disappointment clear, saying Pearce deserved whatever punishment was thrown his way.

"The guys have got every right to be out on Australia Day, on a boat enjoying themselves. The vast majority of the Roosters had a great time and went home; Mitchell should have done the same thing. He'll pay the consequences." Sterling said.

"It's so unnecessary and our players need to get their head around the fact of what they have to jeopardise and no matter where you are these days, someone is filming and you have to be totally aware of that and on top of it."

Meanwhile, Catharine Lumby, who has worked with the NRL over the past decade as a gender adviser, agreed that Pearce should get the sack.

"My view is get off the paddock if you're going to behave like that to women," Lumby told ABC radio.

"There is no excuse. These guys have been educated and given opportunities to stand up and do the right thing since they were rookies.

"I think the NRL has shown leadership on treatment of women and I think that the guys who want to breach that code, they should not be on the paddock and they should be taken off."

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