The double standards in rugby league at the moment are nothing short of embarrassing.
All we’ve heard from the NRL over the last few years is the need for equality and to promote the NRLW competition which is fast becoming the biggest growth area of the game, but the question needs to be asked of the administrators at Rugby League Central; why don’t the same standards apply for the women as for the men playing the game at the elite level?
Caitlin Moran is among the highest profile players in the women’s game and stooped to a new low on Friday when the Newcastle Knights fullback posted a photo of the Queen on Instagram just hours after her death with an accompanying caption too horrific to repeat.
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It’s one of the most disgusting, distasteful and disgraceful things I’ve seen, especially at a sombre time when the world is mourning the death of an extraordinary woman who’s dedicated her life to service and duty for the 70 years she’s been on the throne.
2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley described the social media post by Moran as “perhaps the most reprehensible thing I’ve ever seen connected to rugby league” and called for her to be stood down immediately, yet the Newcastle Knights launched a defence of the young woman.
Whether you’re a royalist or not, there’s no excuse for posting such an insensitive thing on social media and it’s now in the hands of the NRL Integrity Unit, which will suggest it needs time to interview the 25-year-old to ask for a please explain. In my view the league already has enough information to sanction the player.
Due to the inaction from the Knights and the NRL, Caitlin Moran was allowed to play for her club on Sunday in the top of the table clash against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
A young woman shares a vile post to her 29,000 followers on social media and no action is taken by the Newcastle Knights or the NRL. Could you imagine the outrage if it was one of the men who play rugby league; it would be plastered all over the front page of the newspapers.
Knights NRLW coach Ronald Griffiths suggested it was a “complex issue given she’s a proud indigenous woman who held strong views about historical injustices.”
“The relationship between Indigenous people and the monarchy is a complicated one. If Caitlin has done something then it will be investigated by the Integrity Unit and we’ll work our way through the process” said Moran.
I’m sorry, the Knights coach is attempting to excuse the inexcusable. When someone dies there’s a thing called common decency and I was always taught by my parents, “Mark if you’ve got nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all.”
The NRL has come up with some strange penalties lately, including the delayed suspension imposed on Penrith winger Taylan May, and the league cannot ignore the unacceptable social media post by Caitlin Moran.
How the former Jillaroo was allowed to play on Sunday is a damn disgrace when you consider Canberra coach Ricky Stuart copped a week’s suspension for calling an opposing player a “weak-gutted dog.”
If the league is going to sanction NRL coaches for unacceptable public comments, why aren’t they doing the same with players who use their Instagram accounts to make unforgiveable comments about her majesty, the Queen?
If everyone in rugby league wants to be on the same page at a time when we’re calling for equality, it’s about time we start treating everyone as equal, including those who bring the game into disrepute like Caitlin Moran.
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