Stuff titled their article "Sex claims cost Johns" (all together with the eye rolling), but it does include some reasonably startling statements from the men in charge of Channel Nine and the NRL. I don't think we would have heard these kinds of comments even two years ago:
Channel Nine chief executive David Gyngell said on Wednesday the decision was by mutual agreement "and in the best interests of the Nine network, the game and its supporters, Matthew Johns and his family".Some small steps towards turning this depraved culture around? I hope so.
"The fact is, whatever the arguments about the details of the New Zealand incident involving Cronulla players in 2002, the conduct and its aftermath was simply unacceptable, fullstop," Gyngell said in a statement.
"I fully endorse (NRL chief executive) David Gallop's comments concerning the indefensible conduct of some players and the lack of respect for women and the critical focus on all stakeholders to help eradicate it from our game.
"I join with him in extending my apologies and sympathy to the young woman involved in the incident, who clearly is still distressed as a consequence."
... Gallop reacted strongly to the report on Tuesday, which featured several sex scandal to have rocked rugby league in recent years.
He admitted much of what was aired on the programme was "fundamentally indefensible" and that "violence against women is abhorrent and sexual assault and the degradation of women is just that".