A remorseful Allan Langer has apologised for his “unacceptable behaviour” after being caught drink-driving in the early hours of Monday morning.
The former champion Brisbane Broncos half-back returned an alleged blood alcohol reading of more than three times the legal limit when stopped for a random breath test at 1.40am on Monday in the northern Brisbane suburb of Everton Park.
Mobile phone video footage supplied to TV stations also shows Langer dancing on top of a table wearing only his underwear in a popular Brisbane hotel hours before being stopped by police.
Brisbane suspended him from his position as Broncos skills coach on Monday morning and will review his coaching situation after he appears in Brisbane’s Magistrates Court on April 19.
“I accept my actions were unacceptable – people do and are entitled to expect more from me,” said Langer in a statement released on his behalf late on Tuesday.
“I have let people down by not leading by example.
“Unfortunately, I can’t change the mistake I have made – the only thing I can do is look to the future and try to do better.
“The list of apologies is long and includes my family, the Broncos’ family, rugby league fans and the Queensland public.
“I’m sorry for letting all those people down.
“I’m embarrassed, and I’m angry at myself for not doing the right thing.
“I failed in being the best I could be, which is how I tried to play rugby league.
“I have always worked to do the best I could, for myself, for the team and for everyone that supports our great game.
“This was not my best behaviour and it was certainly not my best performance.
“On this field, I have an obligation to do better. I do not ask that any less be expected of me.
“As a first step I will take my punishment on the chin but, more importantly, I give an assurance that I will try do better in the future.”
Langer requested he and his family’s privacy now be respected.
Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak said the team would get on with life without Langer but added everyone at the club “felt for him”.
“He’s a really close part of our group and we know he’s going through a really tough period and we feel for him,” Henjak said.
Henjak, who was part of the club’s committee which decided to stand Langer down, said he had spoken to Langer since he was suspended.
“We’ll get on with the job, we can’t do much about it,” he said
“We’ll move on.
“Alf made a poor decision and is going to have to live with that.”