Norman convicted of drugs charges
STAR Parramatta five-eighth Corey Norman faces a nervous wait over his future in the NRL after being convicted of possessing a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed restricted substance.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty at the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court, where he also received a $400 fine, before confronting a big media pack.
Norman was found in possession of MDMA capsules and muscle relaxants after the group he was with was stopped during a metal-detector search at The Star casino on May 20.
Police also issued Norman, former teammate Junior Paulo and ex-Panthers hooker James Segeyaro with warnings for consorting after a picture was posted on Instagram of the trio dining with known criminals inside the casino.
CCTV captured a man giving Norman a white plastic container, which he put in his pocket.
Norman was not captured consuming anything from the container.
When security officers saw a number of white tablets and two blue and pink-coloured capsules inside the container, Norman told them “it’s MDMA”.
Norman declined to make a comment as he left court.
Norman, who now has a sex tape scandal – also involving Segeyaro – hanging over his head, has starred for the strife-torn Eels on the field this year but is off-contract at the end of the year.
Negotiations with the Eels were delayed because of the charges and it is likely the NRL’s Integrity Unit will suspend him.
Former Maroons star Brent Tate threw his support behind Norman, telling News Corp “we need to help them (players who get into trouble off the field) and not throw them under the bus”.