Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Get Rid of the Boofheads; There's No Place in NRL for Those Who Damage Image of Game

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Get Rid of the Boofheads; There's No Place in NRL for Those Who Damage Image of Game

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DAVID Riolo, the manager of Todd Carney, pleaded earlier this week that nothing would be achieved by the Roosters sacking the flawed Dally M medallist.

And maybe, from where Riolo and Carney sit, nothing will be gained. But from an NRL viewpoint the non-negotiable edict must stand Co boofheads damaging our game will not be tolerated.

Clearly, that memo has not arrived at the home of Todd Carney. How long can a sport Co which is now a big business Co keep making exceptions for repeat offenders simply because they are champion players?

Riolo is also on record as saying the only person Carney has hurt this time is himself. Well, I have some news for Mr Riolo. Carney has immeasurably damaged the image of the game and his club. He has also hurt his coach, his Roosters teammates and their fans, his ever-faithful mum and everyone who supports the greatest game of all.

He is, unequivocally, someone without a conscience and a person with little regard for those who have given him umpteen chances already. Apparently, Carney is an alcoholic who now suffers depression, and that is sad. But he is not in that world on his own and readily available help has been offered to him.

Unfortunately, Carney has other issues. He is not a truthful person and he clearly treats with contempt those who have endeavoured to get his life back on track.

But while Carney now faces a situation in which many in today's society find themselves Co no longer is there a position for him in the workforce where he can use his particular skills Co I'm told he will continue to be paid his wage of $8000 week.

That is hardly a deterrent. In fact, it's a joke.

A fair deal

WHILE the ugly side of our game has been in the headlines, it is refreshing to see Corey Parker about to sign a new deal with the Broncos and become a one-club career player, without fielding other offers.

Simply, Parker does not want to leave. And rather than shop around to up his ante, he is relying on club management to pay him what they believe he's worth Co just as he has done in all previous contract negotiations. And he is negotiating without a manager. …

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