Pod­cast­ers have much to an­swer

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

IT’S the $2.1 mil­lion preChrist­mas present Cronulla bad boys Josh Dugan and An­drew Fi­fita helped giftwrap for the Syd­ney Roost­ers, all as a re­sult of their bone­headed be­hav­iour.

The NRL’s reign­ing premiers yesterday capped off a mem­o­rable year when they an­nounced a new three-year sleeve spon­sor­ship with IKON Ser­vices Aus­tralia.

But this is the same com­pany that was pre­vi­ously in talks with cash-strapped Cronulla be­fore de­cid­ing to head in a new di­rec­tion be­cause of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity, in­clud­ing the in­ci­dent sparked by Dugan and Fi­fita’s in­fa­mous pod­cast rant.

It fol­lows rev­e­la­tions last week de­tail­ing the Sharks’ dire fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion that re­sulted in 10 staff be­ing made re­dun­dant on the back of the club’s $3 mil­lion loss in 2018.

Josh Dugan.

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