Thurston, who was already under a heap of pressure to retain the Cowboys captaincy after he was locked up on the 16th September in Brisbane, had his version of events approved by the North Queensland board, hence his acquittal on the whole situation.
As Thurston was recovering from a foot injury sustained towards the end of the Cowboys NRL season, Thurston was arrested and charged with being a public nuisance after he was asked to leave the Treasury Casino following a night of drinking.
In the official statement released by the Cowboys, Thurston advised the board that he was remorseful for his actions, as well as bringing the club into disrepute, but also that he had plans to pay a sum into the Cowboys Community Fund.
“The board has accepted Johnathan’s denial of the allegations which appeared in the media,” the club said in a statement.
“Both the club and Johnathan acknowledge that he did not follow protocol set by the club in regard to his injury rehabilitation.
“To the extent to which his actions have not reflected his positive work in the community, Johnathan has volunteered to make a meaningful contribution through the Cowboys Community Fund.
“The club and Johnathan consider the matter resolved and offer no further comment, other than that both are now looking positively towards the 2011 season.”