Brett Stewart, Manly fullback and NRL star has been stood down for the next four weeks after the NRL took it's toughest stance to yet to save the game's battered image after a decade of scandal. He has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl.
The last, and only league player to be forcibly benched by the NRL's top official was Julian O'Neill in 1999. O'Neill carried out some of the most disgusting acts seen in NRL players' history of bad behaviour, mainly, but not always caused by drunkenness. Over 80 incidents have been attributed to booze. The clubs have done little to stop this behaviour.
Strangely, only one player has ended up in jail. Is acceptance of this behaviour part of our culture?
It is said that these people are role models for our young people. The NRL had certainly spent a lot of money promoting Stewart in this image