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Football, fools, fornication and funds

Some of us love rugby league. Or used to.

The season starts on Friday.

Over the weekend police questioned Brett Stewart – a star player – over an alleged sexual assault. They have taken DNA samples from him and expect the results next week.

The player denies the allegations. [Update: At 7.30 pm on Tuesday 10 March, ABC News reported that Stewart had been charged with sexual assault.]

Stewart was to feature heavily in the League’s advertising kick-off for the season. For example he was on the front page of the Footy Guide for the season that I picked up last weekend, the day after the story broke. 

The league cancelled the planned television ads promoting the start of the season. New ones – sans Stewart – will be out soon. 

Stewart plays for Manly. It is not clear what Manly will do now – 7.30 pm Tuesday night – that he has been charged.  Certainly Canberra have in their squad a player charged with assaulting his girlfriend, although he is not playing in first grade.

Presumably Manly will adopt the same approach.  They will argue something like: Stewart denies the allegations and he is innocent till proven guilty.

While true, how many women will turn up to Saturday night’s game against another team of angels, the Bulldogs?  

The sponsors of the Manly team I would assume would be less than impressed with having their names being associated with a man charged with sexual assault. Since the dollar rules the game, it may be he will now be dropped. [Update: Manly has kept him in the team.]

The girl’s father apparently responded to her screams and took her to hospital.

Channel 9 broke the ‘news’ last night that this man had done time for various dishonesty offences. The Channel is one of Australia’s premier free-to-air television stations.

Sexual assault cases often try the woman as much as if not more than the alleged perpetrator. Certainly this Channel 9 irrelevant revelation could only add to the distress of the alleged victim and perhaps undermine the ability of her family to give her the support she needs right now.

The prior convictions of the father have no relevance at all to the issue. Unless Channel 9 wants to leave an insinuation hanging in the air like a bad fart. 

Are NSW Police  investigating Channel 9’s actions?

I wonder where the ‘story’ came from. Who was hawking this information around, and why?  Tell us that, Channel 9.  Come clean.

Another station made a decision that the father’s story was not relevant to the alleged sexual assault and so didn’t air it.

Oh, did I mention Channel 9 broadcasts the most popular rugby league games on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons into New South Wales and Queensland?

It makes a lot of money out of rugby league.

Now that is a bad smell.

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Comments

Comment from STT
Time March 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Let me guess: The way to improve rugby league is for the players to go on strike and demand pay cuts so they’re only earning as much as a proper worker (you know, like the ones that work in factories). And they have to wear fair trade boots.

Comment from John
Time March 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Thanks STT.

Good suggestion.

Maybe if supporters went on strike…

Comment from Juan
Time March 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I am astounded that we are so lenient with our rugby league players. These brats should exercise more modesty and some intelligence. Some people justify them by saying that they are young, get paid a lot of money and are famous and all of that gets to their heads. Well… Christiano Ronaldo (also 22 yo like Todd Carney and earns 20 times as much)… what are you waiting for. Go on a silly drinking and fighting rampage so you can get your rocks off and your name on the papers.

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