NOT PLAYING BY THE RULES
YOUR front-page story, “You’ll kill our game” (C-M, Aug 10), is bad enough, but is only a smidgeon of what is going on behind the scenes of the NRL’s disastrous season.
Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys’ obsession to recommence a broken season is slowly falling apart before his eyes, with the level of undisciplined misbehaviour across the board, officials, coaches and players alike, just doing what they want without any discipline or patience, when the rest of the population is in lockdown or suffering badly under severe restrictions and deaths.
The select list of players who have breached the rules says it all.
Disobedience, misbehaviour, self-gratification, deceit and blatant disregard are a wonderful list of attributes for kids who are looking for role models to emulate.
The big question is, when will this rubbish stop, as it seems big fines and stand downs from playing are not working.
Too much money and too much time on their hands for these elite little darlings, so, instead of a stand down from play, how about a “real penalty”?
These players should be consigned to the nearest emergency ICU ward, or an aged care home, dressed in
PPE clothing and mask, working 14 to 16-hour days during their stand-down period, just like our frontline medical staff attempting to save those poor souls who are infected or dying from coronavirus.
Hit them with a lesson they will never forget, not a measly fine, an embarrassing newspaper story and a slap on the wrist with a feather duster.
Les Bryant, Durack
IT WAS only going to be a matter of time before the NRL bubble was going to prove too much to handle.
First we had the news about Wayne Bennett, Paul Vaughan and Allan Langer needing to grab a meal outside the bubble, and now we have a player from the Broncos, Tevita Pangai Jr, who had to get a haircut.
We all knew that the people involved in this game, that placed itself on a pedestal above us ordinary beings, were going to get bored sooner or later and it is coming to pass.
Send them all down to Melbourne, put them in lockdown and then they might just realise how good they’ve had it compared to some others. Duncan Harman, Bundamba
THE NRL was granted an exceptional allowance under strict conditions to play when thousands of others have been quarantined, lost jobs, and had their income reduced.
However, repeatedly one or two have flouted these conditions claiming they were unaware of the rules, which mind you they could have checked before going out.
Despite a lot of tough talk from the NRL executive, they have yet again demonstrated a weak adherence to the rules by limited decisive and severe penalty action.
Fines, considering what some are paid, amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
What needs to be done if they are serious is, where players, coaches and support staff deliberately or innocently choose to leave their assigned base, the whole team should be penalised by disallowing them to play for two weeks. I am sure peer pressure from their team mates, some of whom would have known what was going on, will ensure everyone as a team adheres to the conditions. Patrick Mackey, Acacia Ridge