Every other week there seems to be a fresh scandal that brings shame to those associated with rugby league in Australia.
Queensland ace Nate Myles is the latest NRL name to cause huge embarrassment to rugby league’s top brass in Oz by getting so hammered that he attempted to break into the room of a family who was leaving the Central Coast hotel.
In hindsight Myles should have then decided to go home and sleep it off. Instead, he stripped naked and defecated in the hotel corridor before collapsing in a drunken stupor near to the scene.
As you could imagine NRL chief executive David Gallop was understandably livid with Myles’ behaviour and has suspended him until round 24 as well as banning him from playing in Queensland’s Origin III tonight.
“There can be no ambiguity about the behaviour and there can be no excuse,” Gallop said.
“The facts around the incident are clear and players have to accept personal responsibility.”
“I respect the fact that Nate tried to make amends to the guests involved and that he rang me to apologise but saying sorry simply isn’t enough.”
Whether or not making amends transcended to help clearing up his mess is still unknown.
However, the Myles incident is not the only one to knock the stuffing out of the NRL’s integrity in the last month. Only two weeks ago coach Brad Fittler fined himself $10,000 for his own drunken episode at Townsville when he was half-naked and attempted to enter a woman’s room.
While just last week hooker Jake Friend and rookie Sandor Earl were charged with assault after a nightclub scuffle in which Friend was accused of assaulting a female.
With State of Origin taking place tonight, can the NRL boys remain out of the papers for all the wrong reasons by the time we wake up tomorrow? Don’t count on it..