England fly-half Danny Cipriani says he is ‘mortified’ and ‘truly sorry’ after he was fined £2250 for rowing with a nightclub doorman and resisting arrest in Jersey.
The 30-year-old grappled with police after rowing with a doorman at the Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier on Wednesday.
A female officer suffered bruising after he tried to break free from his handcuffs.
Magistrate Sarah Fitz said, “This is one incident that started off in a minor way. You have pleaded guilty on this first occasion and it can be dealt with by way of a fine.”
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He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £250 compensation at Jersey Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to resisting arrest and common assault.
In an apology posted to social media, Cipriani says he let his teammates and fans down.
“I want to start with a heartfelt apology. To my club, my teammates, supporters and most importantly the police. I’m mortified that I acted in the way that I did.
“I am truly sorry. I was wrong to argue with a bouncer and pull on his camera tie. I was also wrong to resist arrest, that is why I pleaded guilty to these two charges.”
Ciprani defended his interaction with the arresting officers, saying he was ‘confused’ as to why he was being arrested.
His statement went on, “This is lead me to react in the wrong manner for a matter of seconds seeking to hold off the police officers rather than accepting this decision.
“It goes without saying, given the words of the Magistrate, that I didn’t strike anyone or initiate aggression in any way.
“I am grateful to the club who have been fully supportive.
“I would like to publicly thank the Magistrate and the police, and once again, apologise to both them and the public.”
Whether it will be enough to rescue his England career remains to be seen. Although the incident is certainly a minor one, coach Eddie Jones has previously said Cipriani is on his ‘final warning’ for his off-field behaviour.