An emotional Sydney Roosters captain, Mitchell Pearce, has fronted the media two days after footage of him simulating a sex act with a dog emerged to admit that he will seek help for a problem with alcohol.
Pearce held a short media on Friday afternoon, apologising for his actions at a drunken Australia Day party at which he attempted to kiss a woman, urinated on himself and simulated a sex act with a dog.
"I would like to unreservedly apologise to everyone for my actions over the last three days," Pearce said. "My behaviour was unacceptable, I'm embarrassed and take full responsibility for my actions."
"I acknowledge that I have a problem with alcohol and it's something I need to address."
"It's not an excuse but a realisation that I finally need help. "Together with the club I'm working on a solution to address these issues and it will come out in the next couple of days."
He did not take any questions.
Pearce is expected to be stripped of the Roosters' captaincy and faces a stiff fine from the club. The NRL continues to investigate the incident.
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