Rooster's halfback Mitchell Pearce has copped an eight-week suspension and a $125,000 fine for his Australia Day antics this year. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images The NSW State of Origin representative was filmed in a drunken state on Australia Day, with footage showing him simulating sex with a dog and approaching a woman aggressively. The Herald Sun reports that $50,000 of the fine is suspended. Earlier this week, Pearce denied being an alcoholic. Fox Sports "Alcoholism has a lot of different things... I'm a binge drinker, ever since i was 18 I have loved a drink," he said on Fox Sports."Obviously [alcohol] has always brought negativity to my life... But it wasn't until I went through the [rehab] program, and saw the effects and learned about my addictive personality, I've kinda realised it's no good for me, and it won't be a part of me from this point on." Some people thought the punishment was harsh on the playmaker, believing the eight-week suspension to be over the top. Jacob Farrar @_JakeStaR_ Mitchell Pearce is guilty of being a goose and probably deserves 1 month for repeat offences NOT 3 months! Doogooders having a sook #NRL 10:44 PM - 02 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Ben Appley @BenAppley That punishment for Mitchell Pearce seems pretty excessive 02:31 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Ruth Wynn-Williams @RuthWW Whopping fine for NRL's Mitchell Pearce over drunken dog incident. $125k and an 8 week ban... Ouch. Heaviest fine in Aussie league history. 02:42 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Jeff Milne @jeffmilne3 Mitchell Pearce $120000 and 8 weeks, right or wrong he has a private life, then some grub films it, doesn't warrant that punishment 03:47 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite While others thought the punishment wasn't enough, citing similar instances with former NRL stars David Carney and Joel Monaghan. Guy @greysfan Only 8 weeks for Mitchell Pearce??? Serioulsy? that is a joke. Sorry. It's a bloody slap on the wrist @NRL #NRL But typical of its "stars". 02:43 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Adam Davies @adam_davies2 Bet Todd Carney and Joel Monaghan wish they were afforded the level of leniency shown to #MitchellPearce #slaponthewrist #NRL 02:32 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Omran.C @Carter120 FUCK OFF MAN MITCHELL PEARCE HAS GOTTEN OFF SO LIGHT, ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT 02:31 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite And one person pointed out that the fine – which is the largest the NRL has ever handed down – overshadows punishments doled out to players convicted of assaulting women. Mindy Pawsey @MKPS001 Mitchell Pearce gets 8 weeks and $125K fine, meaning the NRL view simulating a lewd act with a dog worse than glassing or belting a woman. 02:38 AM - 03 Mar 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite Pearce will return to the NRL on April 30.