2022-04-16 05:49:00

Rabbitohs forward Jai Arrow has revealed the impact his 2021 Origin camp incident had on himself and his family.

Arrow was fined $35,000 and suspended for from participating in the game three of Origin after bringing ‘an unregistered guest’ into his team hotel.

After copping the $35,000 fine along with working with the competition’s integrity unit, the disgraced Maroon has felt as if he has learned his lesson.

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“I learnt my lesson,” Arrow told Triple M.

“It was something that I wasn’t proud of and something I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life and I knew the scrutiny that was going to come from the whole situation.”

Arrow conceded that it was the pain he caused his family and friends that upset him the most.

“Yeah look, it wasn’t the scrutiny for myself and what was going to happen to me, I took full responsibility and put my hand up and suffered the consequences but it was more the scrutiny around people messaging my family,” Arrow revealed.

Jai Arrow opened up on his Origin indiscretion. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“I have a little nephew who was 12 at the time or 13 (receive) threats and stuff like that but you definitely learn your lesson, I definitely have and something that I’ve learned from and I’ve moved on from and I think it’s made me a better person through those sort of tough times.

“It’s something as a player you just have to live with and move forward and learn your lesson.

“The toll it can take on your family when you say you’re suspended for the wrong thing or you do the wrong thing outside the rules, it definitely takes a toll more on them.”


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Arrow’s love for his state was evident after he was asked whether missing an Origin game hurt more than the $35,000 penalty.

“More the letting down my teammates in Origin and missing an Origin game that’s something I hold so close to my heart and something I’ve loved doing and have been grateful to (have) been able to do since 2018 I got my first opportunity,” Arrow revealed.

“For myself it was letting down my teammates, letting down my state as well which hurt but letting down my teammates and coaching staff as well.”

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Billy Slater’s instatement as head coach of the Maroons is something that has excited Arrow with the two already having met.

“So I was grateful that I went for a dinner with him (Billy Slater), there were a few players there,” Arrow said.

“He obviously got around to every team, which I think’s a great thing and to have the likes of Billy come around and invite young kids as well to go and speak and sit down and speak about Queensland and what it means to them is a great start.

“He was a coach anyway when he played so he’s a handy man to have.

“I feel like I’ve got something to prove to them. I want to go out there each week and do my job and play good enough footy to earn that jersey again, that’s my mindset throughout the rest of the year.

“Obviously I’ve got to earn that jersey and play good footy so he’s re-iterated that he wants me to put my best foot forward and play good footy and earn that jersey.”

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