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Mary Konstantopoulos

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FANTASTIC! Then my work here is done.

Tayla Harris: 1, trolls: 0

White men.

Tayla Harris: 1, trolls: 0

Definitely knew you weren’t blaming me, just thought some context may be helpful! 🙂

Tayla Harris: 1, trolls: 0

Sorry, Jack. I disagree with you.

I am on social media plenty and the vitriol directed towards women (And women in sport as a subset of that) is disgusting. Just like some of the anti-Islam rhetoric. And the rhetoric around the LGBTIQ community. What do all these groups have in commen – they are not the group that has the most power in society.

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Hi Darren – just on your comment about the time it took to get this article up. As you rightly mention, the apology only happened at 11.30pm on Tuesday night (when I was asleep). Generally I submit my pieces and then they are published the next day, so I got onto this one as early as I could yesterday (hence why you are only seeing it today). 🙂

And love the rest of your comment by the way – this is certainly not an issue just impacting sport at the moment.

Tayla Harris: 1, trolls: 0

Fear?
Misogyny?

I don’t get it either holtymeyer.

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AdelaideDocker, I don’t have any sympathy if the players send the video to a group chat with multiple people then act surprised when they get distributed.

There’s no doubt that the release of these videos is gross (by the person releasing them), but players need to think a little bit. Once it goes out onto social media it never ever disappears.

Does a sex tape make you king of the dressing room?

I don’t think that it’s only rugby league players – but unfortunately they are the videos being released.

Does a sex tape make you king of the dressing room?

Eaglejack, I could not have said it better myself.

Todd Greenberg had it right when he said it was ‘gross stupidity’.

If you are being paid to represent a brand and know that the way you behave in public could potentially have implications on your career, then I cannot fathom why players would share these sorts of videos. I would think their livelihoods and careers would be worth more to them than that.

Does a sex tape make you king of the dressing room?

Tom, apologies, I should have made it clear.

The Napa video is not the one that I was referring to and I completely agree with you – I don’t really blame anyone in the Napa situation and any frustration I have would be directed to the person in the video.

There were some new videos shared on the weekend and in my view, they have a more sinister element to them.

Does a sex tape make you king of the dressing room?

The person that would be able to do some statistical analysis on this would be, Tim Gore!

Leadership group or captain - what's more effective?

I guess my question Busty, is then why the need to formalise it?

Remember when ‘sandpapergate’ happened and there was talk about the ‘leadership knowing’. We still have no idea who was part of that group. 😀

Leadership group or captain - what's more effective?

BA Sports, I almost liken it to a participation award, where everyone seems to get awarded something for turning up.

For me, the position of captaincy is something to aspire to, and you’ve said it perfectly, by having so many it cheapens the role.

Leadership group or captain - what's more effective?

And Homers Son, I will continue to write those stories because I want the best for our game. I love the NRL and I want it to prosper. I also want our players to understand their positions as role models and to act like decent human beings. If the players didn’t continue to bring the game into disrepute I wouldn’t have to write these stories and ask for better.

If we don’ t discuss these things, things stay the same and for me, that’s not good enough.

Additionally, the stories seem to continue to generate discussion so it seems like I’m not the only one interested in talking about it.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

Sorry, I’m the one giving the game a bad name?

Maybe go and have a chat to Ben Barba . Some of the players don’t seem to need my help putting our game’s name through the mud.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

Peter, they are good points you raise and effective promotion is critical for these games to be successful.

My question is, what sort of promotion would you like? I’ve seen plenty of stories on NRL.com this week about the All Stars game and plenty on social media too. Is it mainstream coverage that you’re referring to?

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

But fans spoke out about it in droves. And I was not silent on that one either:

Forget Mad Monday: How good was the weekend footy?

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

I stopped reading the comments a day ago!

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

I want to know how women speaking out against violence is an attempt to undermine masculinity.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Can you give me the statistics to back up whatever you are insinuating here?

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Well said, Wal. Thank you.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Where is your data coming from Bangers n Mash?

According to this report: https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/d1a8d479-a39a-48c1-bbe2-4b27c7a321e0/aihw-fdv-02.pdf.aspx?inline=true – the groups at greater risk of experiencing domestic violence are as follows:

Most at risk:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
Young women
Pregnant women
Women with disabilities
Women experiencing financial hardships
Women and men who experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence as children.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Send help, spruse moose.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

‘The fact is that almost all allegations in regards to violence against women, committed by NRL players are proven to be exaggerated, two-way, or straight up lies.’

Fact is it?

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Ben, I would argue it isn’t even 5/10 – but by all means continue making generalisations.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour