13 Aug 2011

Jennings forced to buy 2000 tickets

8:34 am on 13 August 2011

New South Wales centre Michael Jennings was forced to buy 2000 tickets to Penrith's next home game and personally hand them out to fans on Friday night as part of his punishment for turning up to training under the influence of alcohol.

As the Panthers crashed 32-18 to Wests Tigers at Centrebet Stadium, their suspended star did a lap of the ground at half-time with two security guards handing out the tickets, worth $27 each for an estimated total of almost $55,000.

Earlier, Jennings had been told he was on his last chance with Penrith, having already been fined more than $12,000 earlier this year for consuming alcohol while injured.

He turned up to the club's final training run on Thursday showing the effects of alcohol, and was sent home and dumped from the side to play the Tigers.