THE penny may be starting to drop for the NRL when it comes to dealing with its image problem. Well. Sort of. CEO Todd Greenberg’s proposal to force clubs to open up their secret files on failed drug tests to other clubs is a positive — albeit tiny — step to much-needed transparency. It is inconceivable that a professional sport still keeps secret the identities of players who test positive to drugs the first time.
The silence is based on a completely ridiculous argument the future of young players shouldn’t be ruined by one mistake. These players are grown men, not boys. Every nine-year-old knows not to do drugs — or at least if you do, you get into trouble.
If they are old enough to collect massive wages and enjoy the privileges the sport affords them, they can abide by the game’s rules all of the time. And weather the public fallout if they cannot.