NRL player and Brisbane Bronco TC Robati has been fined $1000 following a guilty plea to a dangerous driving charge after causing a car to swerve while in the passenger seat.
His lawyer Dave Garratt said the 19-year-old forward was "extremely remorseful" and "embarrassed" over the incident during a brief appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.
"This is his first time before a court ... he's extremely nervous, he's extremely embarrassed about being here and extremely remorseful for his actions on that night," Mr Garratt said.
Robati had been at a function when he called his girlfriend to pick him up just after 9pm on September 5, the court was told.
He was on the phone using the maps function and made the decision to pull the steering wheel after a missed turn, causing the car to swerve dangerously, police said.
The traffic was consistent for Fortitude Valley in inner Brisbane at 9.30pm, and a wide road opening helped avoid a collision, the court was told.
The police prosector acknowledged the offending was at the lower end of the scale and there was no suggestion Robati was drunk.
The Broncos said they "work with TC to reinforce the importance of safe behaviour on the road" in a statement on Thursday.
"He will be available to play the remainder of the Intrust Super Cup finals series," the club said.
Robati was also disqualified from driving for six months.
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