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My email to the NRL

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mosto, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. mosto

    mosto Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +971 / 10
    Just thought I'd share with you all my email sent off to NRL HQ this afternoon:

    If at all possible, could this enquiry please be passed on to Mr  David Gallop.

    Mr Gallop,
    I was pleased to see the official NRL press release welcoming today's 'not guilty' verdict in Brett Stewart's sexual assault trial. However, I note with interest your comment of "everyone is entitled to a proper legal process and the presumption of innocence." It is of my belief that Brett Stewart was not afforded this entitlement by yourself and the NRL when he was forced to stand down from his playing commitments at the beginning of the 2009 NRL season. If I recall, the official line from yourself and the NRL, with regards to the suspension, was that it was being imposed, not because of the allegations, but rather that he was intoxicated in public. One of the key points of the prosecutions case in this trial was that Mr Stewart was intoxicated and 'not in control'. An argument that was largely discredited on the way to him being found innocent. All I ask, Mr Gallop, is that you show some true leadership and admit that the NRL made a mistake by suspending Mr Stewart. I would ask that this be done in the form of an official apology to Mr Stewart and the Manly-Warringah Club. Thank you and I look forward to your reply.
  2. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

    Old Bar, NSW
    +1,203 / 21
  3. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    +12,048 / 238
    Great e-mail, won't get a response

    The view will be if an apology is made perhaps legal recompense could be sought

    Bit like the famous Rudd "apology to the Stolen Generation".

    But nice e-mail
  4. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +1,718 / 71
    Excellent Mosto - can you post the reply if you happen to get one
  5. mosto

    mosto Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +971 / 10
    I don't expect a reply, or Gallop to even see it, but will post if I get one.
  6. manlywarringah

    manlywarringah Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +876 / 27
    Don't forget Australia Post who removed Brett from the 2009 Stamp Collection because of the charges.

    I'm emailing them too! :mad:
  7. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,815 / 7
    Your e-mail mosto, would most likely go straight into their junk e-mail folder and then deleted so I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a reply from them if I were you.
  8. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,718 / 96
    Great letter. You have summed up the feelings of many of us perfectly.
  9. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +5,600 / 45
    Great email - the only thing I would add is to ask for a refund of the $100K fine!!  :)
  10. paski_10

    paski_10 Member

    +0 / 0
    I would have driven home the point that Brett's suspension, not because of the sexual assault allegations, but for public intoxication holds little to no credibility considering other players, who have been intoxicated in public since Brett's incident, have not been suspended... most recently Johnathan Thurston.

    Apart from that, couldn't have said it better myself. Great Email... clear and concise.
  11. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,286 / 60
    Here is my email:

    I note your response to the Brett Stewart court decision, including your statement about the importance of ensuring that everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence.  Where was your presumption of innocence for Brett Stewart 18 months ago? Where is it now?  The apparent suggestion that he got 4 weeks suspension for appearing intoxicated at an official function as the face of the game is ludicrous, and an insult to the intelligence of league fans.  The inconsistencies in your treatment of intoxicated and extremely high profile players, both before and after, is extreme.

    The allegation of Brett Stewart being drunk was made and successfully challenged in court.  Someone assuming another person is intoxicated, and that person being intoxicated are two very different things.  Police rely on positive results in BOTH breath testing and blood testing before seeking prosecutions - a dramatic difference to your stance of presuming guilt based on unsubstantiated and inexpert opinion.

    Being personally impacted by Type 1 diabetes, I have watched how sufferers can appear drunk without consumption of any alcohol at all.  You would no doubt be aware of this.  Unless you can definitively rule out Brett Stewart suffering diabetic symptoms, then even if he appeared intoxicated to 1000 people, there is no sound ground for you treating him as being intoxicated.  Therefore, I can only assume you are content to punish diabetic symptoms as if they were symptoms of intoxication. 

    If you are sincere about presumption of innocence, and sincere in not discriminating against diabetics, then I would expect a public apology and admission that the 4 weeks suspension was not appropriate in this instance.
  12. mosto

    mosto Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +971 / 10
    Nice one Rex. Who knows, if this clown gets enough emails he may just have to respond.
  13. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +3,549 / 64
    I would be very surprised if he responds

    rule 101 of crisis / pr management. No comment means the story can die - any comment adds fuel to the fire
  14. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,437 / 74
    very very good Rex and mosto

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