In a statement, the NRL say the matter will now make its way through the anti-doping tribunal. The NRL says it will not comment on the matter during the tribunal process.
On Wednesday, 18th March, the NRL confirmed that Kennedy had been issued with a “Notice of Alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violations” under the NRL’s anti-doping policy. The notice alleged that Kennedy breached the policy “through the possession and attempted use of banned substances”.
Kennedy has reportedly been under investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) since he was named in an investigation into former teammate Sandor Earl, who was banned for four years in August 2013.
Kennedy is yet to play for the Roosters this year, after relocating to Brisbane for the 2014 NRL season. He had been named as part of an extended bench for the Roosters’ games against Penrith at Allianz Stadium on Monday, 23rd March.