Sydney Roosters NRL player Mitchell Pearce makes a brief statement to the media in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Pearce has apologised for his actions at an Australia Day party which he appeared in a video performing lewd acts.
Sydney Roosters NRL player Mitchell Pearce makes a brief statement to the media in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Pearce has apologised for his actions at an Australia Day party which he appeared in a video performing lewd acts. AAP Image - Dan Himbrechts

Mitchell Pearce close to tears as he admits drinking problem

ROOSTERS and NSW Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce has fronted the media for the first time since his now infamous video on Australia Day.

Pearce, who was close to tears, admitted he had a problem with alcohol and needed help.

The 26-year-old spoke for a short time following the scandal which ended with him being stood down by the club following the release of a  video showing him engaging in a lewd act involving a dog on Australia Day.

"I'd like to unreservedly apologise to everyone for my actions over the last couple of days," Pearce said.

"My behaviour was unacceptable. I'm embarrassed and take full responsibility for my actions.

"I acknowledge I have a problem with alcohol and it is something I have to address.

"It is not an excuse but a realisation that I finally need help.

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

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


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