NRL to consider testing anti-doping players out of season


chief warriors Cameron George has every right to ask why Walsh received a two-game suspension when the Storm trio only received one, but he surely doesn’t need an answer.

Walsh was arrested and charged by police with drug possession, then admitted at a press conference later that day – sitting next to George – that he had a “little bag of cocaine” on him.

The Storm trio have not been arrested, charged, broken the law, or confessed to taking anything.

“But they should! Cried the crowd, who wouldn’t do such a thing if they found themselves in the same circumstances, ignoring the details of this situation and the pain that awaits them.

“But it does not pass the advertising test!” Some argue, naive of what goes on in the toilets of most pubs on a Friday night.


“But how can they say they didn’t know what ‘mysterious white powder’ was!” others claim, ignoring the fact that they don’t either.

So what precisely is the appropriate sanction for a footballer who has been secretly filmed on someone’s cell phone without his knowledge, who has not inhaled a mysterious white powder but just in the same room as him?

A match ? Four ? Six? A season?

People also made a James harden– like a rolling eyes – Google it – about the storm putting Munster on a 12-month alcohol ban and sending him to rehab for a month.

It is a cynical view. Those who have spent a month in a rehabilitation center will tell you that it is not a retreat. It’s an intensive soul-searching that scrutinizes the ugly crusts of your life in front of a room full of people you don’t know.

For a month. Barely a copout.

Then there is the argument not to test players after the video is leaked.

The NRL, Storm, RLPA and even the media couldn’t have been clearer on this a week ago when the video first surfaced: Under the current CBA, players cannot be tested for illicit substances only in a club environment, whether in training or preseason.

Should these rules be changed, allowing the NRL to test during the off-season?

It would be surprising for the RLPA to accept such a fundamental change, but kudos to the NRL for considering a mature and contemporary approach to the matter rather than throwing the proverbial book at gamers.

Because that has always prevented young people from taking drugs elsewhere in society, hasn’t it? By disciplining them.

We all wanted to get Munstered with Munster a year ago. Get hectic with Hectic Cheese. Now some want their contracts torn up.

Of course, the game has an image to protect. This is the NRL, not The The wolf of Wall Street.

But we celebrate the likes of Munster and Smith as reversals and flashbacks – then doom them when they get out of their way.

We all wanted to get Munstered with Munster a year ago after the Storm won the grand finale. Get hectic with Hectic Cheese. Now some want their contracts torn up.

The rugby league’s moral compass has always been a bit off balance.

The Panthers are celebrated after their big final victory, as they should be, but then Tyrone May decides to launch Instagram and post a picture of himself leaving court early last year with the coach Ivan Cleary.

He posts lyrics by Canadian rapper Drake, posing as the victim – of sorts – of the sextape scandal that rocked the game and its club in 2019.

May eventually pleaded guilty to four counts of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent, with the magistrate telling her during sentencing that he was lucky not to go to jail.

He received a three-year conduct bond and was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

May’s post, which has since been deleted, was deaf, but not as much as her Penrith teammates posted below in support.

Apparently winning a grand finale justifies the act of illegally distributing sex videos that embarrassed a woman, bringing a civil action.

Compared to what Storm players and Reece Walsh did, I know which indiscretion I find most offensive and damaging to the reputation of the rugby league.

No more bad news …

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

A decade after News Corp was supposedly rooted out of the game and the independent commission was formed, the media giant’s fingerprints remain all over the rugba leeg.

It is only a matter of time before Redcliffe is announced as Brisbane’s second team, but NRL clubs and rival bidders are furious with the process.

As reported in this space a week ago, there are growing fears that the News Corp-owned Broncos will want Redcliffe, as they see him less of a threat than the Firehawks and Jets, who are keen to attract new fans. in the Brisbane Proliferation Rugby League. west corridor.

Then reports emerge this week that News Corp’s Foxtel has agreed to inflate its broadcast revenues to $ 100 million over the next deal’s five-year cycle on condition that Redcliffe obtains the license.

See the pattern emerge here?

The Broncos should have stitched up west Brisbane long before NRL expansion was back on the agenda.Credit:Getty

Some argue that News has every right to say which club gets the license because it makes money. However, when he owns another club in the same market, this presents a serious conflict of interest.

The new rugby league team should be on what is best for the game, not what is best for the Broncos, who should have sewn the west long before the AFL rallied and started to to settle down.

During that time, you didn’t have to read too much between the lines to find out where Wayne bennett will be the next coach when he said after Souths’ big final loss that he had “a number of options on the table”.

Translation: Redcliffe.

The ARL commission is expected to make an announcement about the new team early next week.

The quote

“I’m leaving sleeveless for a game and they hit me with a ‘you got a random drug test in the morning’.” – A tweet from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after ripping his sleeves off his sweater for the game against the Minnesota Vikings. That said, it has Warwick Farms the full size of Warwick Farm.

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Former Brownlow medalist and recovering drug addict Ben cousins was named Employee of the Month at Rigsafe Lifting Solutions. “Ben’s work ethic, attitude and Rigsafe values ​​of ‘teamwork always’ have made him a very reliable member of our rigging team,” the company said on Facebook. Well done, Ben.

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Like the AFL, the NRL’s hands were tied with its pre-game entertainment because of border restrictions, but let’s face it: it was a stink. As one SEN auditor thought, it was more Lame trees than Blazing trees. As for Timmy Trumpet, is it a musician’s speech or a prison speech?


It’s a big weekend for …

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder who, Sunday in Las Vegas, meet for the third time. Wilder, the outsider, predicts: “I see myself beating him and then knocking him out.” Fury: “You can’t ignore it”. Fury in five. You heard it here the first time. Unless that doesn’t happen.

It’s an even more important weekend for …

The good people of Greater Sydney and beyond who have sought solace in the hot lap of sport during these lonely, locking months. Another weekend before the city opens like a beautiful flower and we reproduce the running of the bulls at the nearest Pub TAB.

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