Hull KR full-back Ben Cockayne has been fined and provided a final warning for comments that were deemed racists on his facebook page.
It is not the first time that Cockayne has been in trouble with the authorities having been involved in a brawl in 2009 where he only just missed out on a spell behind bars.
The Chief Executive of Hull KR provided the following statement.
“Ben has been fined the maximum amount possible under club and RFL rules and received a final written warning with regards to his future conduct. Ben is also required to attend a diversity awareness course and will spend 10 hours a week within the club’s education and sport trust working in the local community.”
The statement continued.
“The club subscribes to the diversity and equality policy set down by the RFL and is mindful of its responsibilities as an employer and also as a community club. We believe the punishment handed out to Ben reflects how seriously we take these responsibilities.”
Cockayne was obviously apologetic after the punishment had been decided.
“I am sorry and deeply regretful for any offence I have caused with what has happened. I have let the club, the fans and my family down. I hope people will understand this was a lapse in judgement and that once again, I am unreserved in my apologies for any offence this has caused.”
The 27 year old will now have to be on his very best behaviour to avoid facing time on the inside.