The NRL is arguably the most discussed footballing code in the nation. This weekend proved once again why the NRL always seems to be front and center of the media’s attention.
In the recent postseason, we saw Premiership winning fullback Ben Barba suspended due to cocaine being found in his system during a drug test. Corey Norman was suspended 8 games last season for a similar incident involving MDMA.
This weekend saw no less than four prominent figures in the NRL found related to cocaine in one way or another. Just as the Rugby League world was celebrating its international round the NRL’s brand has been called into disrepute.
The weekend started with Shaun Kenny-Dowall. SKD was found at the Ivy in possession of cocaine. Anyone who’s been to the Ivy knows that cocaine is more common than a tic tacs in that joint.
Still, we expect more from SKD. He’s a mature player (29) and has been through off field incidents in the past (domestic violence charges). With SKD coming off contract and playing some terrible football, you’d think he’d be more mindful of his reputation.
Next up, Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh was found with cocaine at a Wooloomooloo venue on Friday night. Keogh has expectedly signed in his resignation. Cronulla is starting to get quite a rep for a culture of illicit substances. Maybe we’ll see Keogh become chairman of the Epic Bender Crew sometime in the near future. With Barba and Carney overseas there may be a couple of vacancies.
Finally, after what was a poor showing from the Kiwi’s, their captain, Melbourne Storm Star Jesse Bromwich has been found to have allegedly bought cocaine with Kevin Proctor from the Titans from a Canberra man after the Test Match.
Bromwich has been a cleanskin in his career and one of the most talented props in the game. It’s extremely disappointing to see one of the ambassador’s of the game be called into question like this.
Are any of us really surprised? It’s the NRL. Every year we seem to find another scandal or incident where an NRL player is at the center.
To be honest, I’m surprised it took 9 rounds.
By Nik Hatzi