Rugby League star Greg Inglis says he still deserves to be captain of the Kangaroos and will not step down over speeding and drink driving charges.
Inglis is alleged have had a blood alcohol level of 0.085 and travelled 10 kilometres per hour over the limit while driving from Dubbo to Sydney yesterday.
Fronting the media this afternoon, Inglis delivered an apology for his actions, saying they were “not good enough”.
“It was disappointing for myself, very disappointing,” he said.
“I know where I stand in the game as a role model to the community.”
Greg Inglis on his way to Dubbo
But the 31-year-old South Sydney player said he did not feel like he had let Australia down and he should not be stripped of his new position as Kangaroos captain.
Inglis was named the captain of the Australian team just two days ago, becoming only the second Indigenous player to be chosen for the position.
He said he hoped the NRL could “work through this” because his record was clean, but ultimately his future was out of his control.
“It’s up to the selectors, it’s up to Mal [Meninga] and the commission,” he said.
“We will wait and see what happens over the next 24 hours.”
After attending Indigenous football competition the Koori Knockout in Dubbo on Sunday, Inglis went back to his hotel between 11:00pm and 1:00am.
He then left Dubbo for Sydney about 12:00pm the next day.
“I thought I’d be right to drive,” he said.
“If anything comes from this … make sure you have a plan B.”
Inglis, who has been a passionate advocate for Indigenous players and mental health, said he had the full support of the playing group and it was “one silly mistake”.
Speaking on 2GB yesterday after his promotion to captain, Inglis said he wanted to lead the country in the best way he could.
“It’s a massive honour … I just want to do a great job as the other leaders did.”