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Could a sex tape determine the NRL champion?

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6th March, 2019

In an article about the NRL sex tapes in today’s Sydney Morning Herald by Andrew Webster, Todd Greenberg is quoted as such “There would be some murmurings at every club about video content”.

The article went on to say “The club (Penrith) is certain the leaked videos are part of an orchestrated campaign to derail their season because the first of them appeared on social media within hours of Greenberg fining Bulldogs prop Dylan Napa $50,000 for the notorious “Big Papi” sex tapes. An emotional Phil Gould admitted the game and not just his club faced an uncertain season’

“It’s extremely widespread” said Gould referring to filming these sorts of things in this era.

If it’s true that there are a lot more sex tapes out there yet to be released and someone is biding their time for the right moment to release them, then whoever is doing it could prove to be more powerful than the best players and coaches this season.

The disruption to the Bulldogs and the Queensland Maroons’ off-season from the Napa tapes has been significant – it might even derail their chances. It is not difficult to see a situation where this was used intentionally to sabotage a team’s chances by a rival or someone else who wants to see a team’s success undermined.

The current policy may well dramatically reduce these scandals in the future and almost certainly will but unless the NRL modifies it’s policy this season then innocent coaches, fans, players, club owners and sponsors could be copping the fallout as well as the charged player.

With players apparently sharing sex tapes in a ‘widespread’ fashion, what steps can the game take to prevent it? Where sex tapes are out there, what steps can officials take to prevent their release in the public sphere?

Hitting players hard for future sex tape scandals could be a wiser move I believe.