Jai Arrow on The Original Incident, Maroons, South Sydney

South Sydney back rower Jai Arrow has revealed how his family was forced to bear the brunt of the fallout from his infamous misadventure at the Queensland Home State camp last year.

The 26-year-old was hit with a $35,000 fine, as well as a two-match ban, for bringing an ‘unregistered guest’ to the Maroons hotel on the Gold Coast ahead of the third game .

Arrow said owning the incident was the least of his worries, after members of his family were dragged into the fallout.

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

“It was something I was not proud of and something I will have to live with for the rest of my life, and I knew the scrutiny that was going to come from the whole situation.

“It wasn’t the scrutiny of myself and what was going to happen to me. I took full responsibility, raised my hand and suffered the consequences. But it was more the scrutiny of the people who were texting my family.”

He revealed that his young nephew was among those targeted.

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“I have a little nephew who was 12 at the time or 13 (receiving) threats and stuff like that, but you’ve definitely learned your lesson. I certainly have, and (it’s) something to I learned and moved from there, and I think that made me a better person through those tough times,” Arrow said.

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

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“The toll it can take on your family when you say you get suspended for the wrong thing or do the wrong thing outside of the rules…it definitely costs them more.”

Arrow was talking about the NRL’s standards for imposing penalties when asked if missing football matches was a harsher penalty than a fine.

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

“For me, it was letting my teammates down, letting my condition down too, which hurt me, but letting my teammates and the coaching staff down.”

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