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Furious fans deserve consistency over player punishments, writes Phil Rothfield
Phil Rothfield, The Daily Telegraph
February 11, 2019 10:54am

The shocking misbehaviour of players and salary cap rorting are not the only issues of integrity at the NRL.

Fans are equally as outraged about the inconsistency of the penalties being handed down.

Rugby league’s image has been trashed over the summer months and Todd Greenberg has understandably vowed to get tougher.

This is fine because the game needs stronger deterrents for the one per cent of ratbags who are ruining the reputations of more than 500 really decent NRL players.

But we need consistency. We need to be fair on all clubs, all fans, all sponsors and all players.

You can’t let South Sydney Rabbitohs superstar Sam Burgess off after his lewd photo scandal but suspend Mitchell Pearce for eight weeks and fine him $125,000 for similar offences.

And surely the NRL boss can’t write a court reference for another Rabbitohs superstar, Greg Inglis, when he could have killed someone on our roads by driving 20km over the speed limit with a blood alcohol reading of .085. It helped Inglis escape a conviction.

Two months later, we are dealing with the Dylan Napa “Big Papi’ leaked videos.

No reference from Greenberg for Napa.

No opportunity to handle this one in house like the Rabbitohs did with the Burgess investigation.

No free kick like the Broncos got with Matt Lodge last year for a drunken and violent home invasion.

Or Scott Bolton at the Cowboys. He was found guilty of assaulting a woman in Bondi. Zero action from the NRL. No fine. Nothing.

No, the NRL boss wants to make an example of Napa.

Kick him out of the first four to six rounds of the competition for something that happened six years ago at another club when he was a rookie.

Hold the phone a sec.

How is banning Napa fair on the Canterbury Bulldogs? How can you backdate your anger to 2013?

How is this fair on their members, who have paid for their season tickets in advance but now face the prospect of losing their marquee signing for something their club had nothing to do with.

Why not fine the Roosters because it happened under their watch?

How is it fair on their sponsors or Napa’s teammates at Canterbury?

By all means punish Napa. Fine him $100,000 for stupidity and suspend $50,000 of it.

But don’t penalise Canterbury fans.


If we’re turning the clock back then Greenberg should be looking at himself in his old role at the Bulldogs when Ben Barba’s off-field issues were dealt with so poorly and inappropriately.

That Barba was allowed to play three weeks after the alleged assault of his partner, Ainslie Currie.

That he didn’t complete his rehab course at a northern beaches facility.

Instead, he was rushed back because the club put two competition points on weekends ahead of his recovery.

That’s my opinion, anyway. He should not have played again that year.

All that aside, the best way to punish players is by introducing heavy fines instead of suspensions.


Let’s give players life for violence against women. We all agree on that.

But the Napa, Pearce and even Jack Wighton case in Canberra last year should have been dealt with by hitting them where it hurts most.

Losing money is a bigger issue for players than missing games.

Wighton was paid $250,000 while he was serving a 10-week suspension at the Raiders. He shouldn’t have received a cent.

Now every fan at every club awaits Greenberg’s next move.

Let’s hope he doesn’t overreact. No kneejerk reaction. All we want is consistency. That’s what integrity is all about.
 

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Absolutely spot on.
The Walker matter, in particular, will be particularly telling for the NRL.
Perhaps Greenturd will also write a reference for him?
 

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Good to see someone having the guts (whether due to integrity or from consuming a 6 pack before putting pen to paper) to call out the NRL like that, finally!

Hopefully it will result in Turdberg realising that he's fooling nobody & that it's blatantly obvious he shows favouritism.
 

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Finally a moment of lucid sobriety and common sense
Good one Rothfield finally calling out the sham and scam that is Shoddy Greenberg
 

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The only thing I disagree with the author of that article about is Big Papi. He shouldn’t be punished (neither fine nor suspension) for the videos that were released by a third party. Otherwise, it is pretty spot on. (While I feel for Big Papi, I can’t wait to hear some of the sledges that will no doubt come his way on the field.)

FWIW I’d submit that the biggest reason for the downturn in fan engagement is the decline in the product’s quality. It just ain’t what it used to be. D!ckhead players don’t help but they have always been there, in all sports too. Yet with Teflon it’s always someone else’s fault...
 

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Rothfield no doubt is merely jumping on the social media bandwagon driven by fans at large. Fans such as us, who have become completely cynical by now when it comes to assessing Todd Greenberg’s claims to be acting on principle.

Everyone knows Todd acts on expedience not principle.

Nevertheless good on Rothfield for writing it. I guess he had to come up something so he doesn’t have to write about the woes of the Sharks
 

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I watch some other sports, some quite closely and i don't see the level of ineptitude and adhock decisions and fan disengagement in any other national sport. You have to conclude that the buck stops with todd and his cohorts.
 

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Furious fans deserve consistency over player punishments, writes Phil Rothfield
Phil Rothfield, The Daily Telegraph
February 11, 2019 10:54am

The shocking misbehaviour of players and salary cap rorting are not the only issues of integrity at the NRL.

Fans are equally as outraged about the inconsistency of the penalties being handed down.

Rugby league’s image has been trashed over the summer months and Todd Greenberg has understandably vowed to get tougher.

This is fine because the game needs stronger deterrents for the one per cent of ratbags who are ruining the reputations of more than 500 really decent NRL players.

But we need consistency. We need to be fair on all clubs, all fans, all sponsors and all players.

You can’t let South Sydney Rabbitohs superstar Sam Burgess off after his lewd photo scandal but suspend Mitchell Pearce for eight weeks and fine him $125,000 for similar offences.

And surely the NRL boss can’t write a court reference for another Rabbitohs superstar, Greg Inglis, when he could have killed someone on our roads by driving 20km over the speed limit with a blood alcohol reading of .085. It helped Inglis escape a conviction.

Two months later, we are dealing with the Dylan Napa “Big Papi’ leaked videos.

No reference from Greenberg for Napa.

No opportunity to handle this one in house like the Rabbitohs did with the Burgess investigation.

No free kick like the Broncos got with Matt Lodge last year for a drunken and violent home invasion.

Or Scott Bolton at the Cowboys. He was found guilty of assaulting a woman in Bondi. Zero action from the NRL. No fine. Nothing.

No, the NRL boss wants to make an example of Napa.

Kick him out of the first four to six rounds of the competition for something that happened six years ago at another club when he was a rookie.

Hold the phone a sec.

How is banning Napa fair on the Canterbury Bulldogs? How can you backdate your anger to 2013?

How is this fair on their members, who have paid for their season tickets in advance but now face the prospect of losing their marquee signing for something their club had nothing to do with.

Why not fine the Roosters because it happened under their watch?

How is it fair on their sponsors or Napa’s teammates at Canterbury?

By all means punish Napa. Fine him $100,000 for stupidity and suspend $50,000 of it.

But don’t penalise Canterbury fans.


If we’re turning the clock back then Greenberg should be looking at himself in his old role at the Bulldogs when Ben Barba’s off-field issues were dealt with so poorly and inappropriately.

That Barba was allowed to play three weeks after the alleged assault of his partner, Ainslie Currie.

That he didn’t complete his rehab course at a northern beaches facility.

Instead, he was rushed back because the club put two competition points on weekends ahead of his recovery.

That’s my opinion, anyway. He should not have played again that year.

All that aside, the best way to punish players is by introducing heavy fines instead of suspensions.


Let’s give players life for violence against women. We all agree on that.

But the Napa, Pearce and even Jack Wighton case in Canberra last year should have been dealt with by hitting them where it hurts most.

Losing money is a bigger issue for players than missing games.

Wighton was paid $250,000 while he was serving a 10-week suspension at the Raiders. He shouldn’t have received a cent.

Now every fan at every club awaits Greenberg’s next move.

Let’s hope he doesn’t overreact. No kneejerk reaction. All we want is consistency. That’s what integrity is all about.
Rothfield has no integrity to write this article.
 

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Rothtool gets 99 percent of things horribly wrong and on this occasion he is 100 percent right.

The stain on the game today is Greenturd making arbitrary decisions about the suspensions for some players and nothing done about others. He is even more right about the neglect he showed in allowing Barba to play in 13 when the filth dogs were desperate, a failure in duty of care in my book and again shows how culpable he really is!!
 
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