The honeymoon is over for North Queensland enforcer Carl Webb after he was arrested for drink driving the morning after he was married in Townsville.
Webb has confirmed he was caught by police about 7am on Sunday morning while driving back from his Jupiters Casino wedding suite to the reception site to help clean up.
“I wish to apologise to everyone involved at the Cowboys including our sponsors and fans for putting myself in this situation,” Webb said in a statement.
“In no way do I condone drink driving and I have learnt a valuable lesson.
“In hindsight I should have had someone else drive the car back to the reception location for the clean up.”
Cowboys chief executive Peter Parr was clearly disappointed that Webb had marred what was supposed to be a weekend to remember for the right reasons at the club.
Apart from Webb’s Friday wedding to his partner Renee which was attended by the entire Cowboys first grade team including Johnathan Thurston, the NRL club also drew the curtain on season 2008 with their presentation dinner last night.
“The Cowboys expect everyone involved with the club to maintain a high standard of behaviour,” Parr said in a release.
“We receive wonderful support from the community and they deserve to have a club that consistently meets these standards.
“Carl is well liked and respected by everyone at the Cowboys and in the community but on this occasion he has made a serious misjudgment and must now take responsibility for his actions.”
It has been a big week for Webb.
He was overlooked for Australia’s World Cup campaign but received some consolation when named Preston Campbell’s deputy in the Indigenous Dreamtime team.
They will meet New Zealand Maori as a curtain-raiser to Australia’s World Cup opener against New Zealand in Sydney on October 26.
Despite earning Centenary Test selection this season, Webb missed out on the Cowboys awards night after hooker Aaron Payne scooped the pool.
The Cowboys vice-captain took home the Paul Bowman Medal for player of the year as well as players’ player and club person of the year awards.
At least Webb didn’t have to travel far for the awards night – it was also held at Jupiters Casino.
In a curious twist following Webb’s drink driving incident, Toyota used the awards night to announce they had extended their principal sponsorship until 2011.