Parramatta Eels backrower Shaun Lane is expected to be hit with a fine for bringing the game into disrepute following an NRL investigation into images that surfaced on Monday night.
The NRL launched an investigation earlier in the week after being made aware of an image of Lane holding a plastic bag with a white substance during what is believed to be the Sea Eagles’ Mad Monday celebrations last year.
However NRL.com understands Lane denied being in possession or consuming an illegal substance.
It’s believed Lane has a clean record throughout his career despite numerous NRL-sanctioned random recreational drug testing.
Lane, who sent the image in a private message, didn’t give consent for the photo to be disseminated - which could open the door for potential legal options.
The Eels backrower has been named in Brad Arthur’s team to play against the Titans this weekend and is likely to play if the NRL slaps him with a warning and a fine for bringing the game into disrepute.