Stephen O'Keefe (Photo: AFP)
O'Keefe said he accepted the fine and would undergo "specialist counselling" as demanded.
Australian Test star Stephen O'Keefe has been fined Aus 20,000 ($15,000) for making "highly inappropriate" comments while drunk during a cricket function and ordered to undergo counselling, authorities said on Friday.
The spinner, one of the best bowlers during Australia's recent four-Test series in India, was also banned from playing in the Australian one-day domestic competition in 2017.
It is the second time the 32-year-old has been in alcohol-fuelled trouble, after being fined last year for offensive conduct at a Sydney hotel.
"There is no time or place for unacceptable behaviour from any of our players in Australian cricket, and we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to this," said Cricket Australia team performance general manager Pat Howard.
"We're extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly on the back of a previous incident, and it now overshadows Stephen's on field performance on the recent tour of India."
"At an official Cricket NSW function I became intoxicated and made highly inappropriate comments. There is no excuse for this and I take full responsibility and offer an unconditional apology," he said.
"I have a big challenge ahead and I am determined to meet it with actions, not just words."
Left-armer O'Keefe has played eight Tests since making his debut in 2014, taking 33 wickets at an average of 27.30.
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