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News: Manly players threaten to boycott Dally M awards

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Manly players have discussed boycotting the Dally M awards as a protest against the NRL's treatment of Brett Stewart. The move came after unsubstantiated reports DNA tests on Stewart after his alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl were negative.

    Sources said Manly players were so disenchanted they have considered skipping future NRL functions, including the Dally Ms. Any such move would be a blow to the game's awards night, particularly as captain Matt Orford is the reigning Dally M player of the year. The premier also won gongs last season for halfback of the year (Orford), backrower (Glenn Stewart) and top tryscorer Brett Stewart.

    Manly chief executive Grant Mayer spoke to the club's players' union representatives Matt Orford and Jason King and said both had denied the threat. NRL chief executive David Gallop said he hoped the players would come to their senses. "Hopefully in the cool light of day they will realise that's not an appropriate response," Gallop said.

    It is understood Manly players discussed several issues at a meeting on Wednesday, including why Stewart was suspended for four matches by the NRL for breaching its code of conduct regarding alcohol consumption. Specifically, they questioned why Stewart was suspended when others involved in alcohol-related scandals have escaped penalty.


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  2. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Note how Murdoch's Fox distorts the code of conduct quote to infer that the behaviour standards apply to official functions only - and not to behaviour in public generally?

    The code of conduct states:
    "Every person bound by this code shall, whether or not he is attending an official function arranged for the NRL, the NRL competition, the related competitions, representative matches, the ARL competitions or a club, conduct himself at all times in public in a sober, courteous and professional manner."

    The key words are "whether OR NOT" and "conduct himself at all times IN PUBLIC in a sober, courteous and professional manner".

    So Mr Gallop.  How does, a few NRL games ago, Darren Lockyer claim that he was so drunk that he could not remember tackling a security guard - and only admitted it after it was proven - and this drunken behaviour is OK'd by the NRL as acceptable?  This behaviour occurred during the finals series when every player should be aware that their best behaviour is crucial to the code?  NO?  And Darren Lockyer was the face of the game, and the captain and leader of his team and of Australia (when fit) - in THE most senior and responsible position of any player? No?  And the boy from the News Ltd club is allowed to play finals series without any penalty.  Broncos not "arrogant" and irresponsible to do this Mr Gallop? Why didn't the NRL intervene, Mr Gallop? Where are your slurs on HIS character?

    Don't hold your breath waiting for any straight answer from double-demerit double-standards Gallop.
     
  3. Jethro

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

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    Yep. Nothing but double standards.
     
  4. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    I don't think there should be a boycott.  But sometimes, sadly, flu and the like pass through a team and they need to get well for their next game.
     
  5. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Boycott all the way and make it well known that it is for the double standards, not the incident itself.
     
  6. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Double standards are one thing.  Another is the negligent disregard for the reality that Brett Stewart is a living, breathing, bleeding human being ... not some object to randomly and freely kick, vilify and abuse in a public forum.

    The moralists like that self-righteous Magnay, who prejudge Brett,  associating his good name with sexual mistreatment of women by Rugby League players inflict the very abuse they claim to want to stop.

    Presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence, presumption of innocence.
     
  7. Jethro

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

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    I'd like to see the players of all teams do a protest where all games remained scoreless for the first 4 rounds. It'll never happen though.
     

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