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You don’t really believe that do you?

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

Rob, I completely agree. Any attempt to couch spending time with athletes or children with a disability should certainly not be labelled as ‘punishment’. In fact, its completely the opposite and AFB, I have no doubt, would be the lucky one being invited into an environment like that.

It was part of the reason I didn’t suggest working with kids in the article. AFB has a history of ‘questionable behaviour’ and kids should not be ‘used’ to educate him.

It’s a very fine balance.

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

And also Adam, think about the buckets of money being thrown at some of the younger players…

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

And in fact, so do the Cowboys!!

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

The Dragons have far more current Origin players than the Eels do…

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

That’s a fair point, the Barry.

I guess what staggers me is that I do believe in ‘right coach at the right time’, but if so much depends on that perfect storm, then why on earth would the Broncos give Seibold such a long contract?

Why are the Cowboys holding on to Paul Green?

I also think that there is a tendency in the media to look backwards for coaches rather than forward. The same old and tired names are mentioned – look what can happen when you give someone like a O’Brien a go.

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

Is it that simple?

If the Tigers hadn’t made the loan agreement for Harry Grant how much longer would we have waited to see him get a string of first grade games together?

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

I think part of it too is a risk aversion from the clubs.

I understand that maybe the Bulldogs had contracting issues, but why did no one else pick them up?

I actually think this is one of the Cowboys biggest problems, holding onto older players and not giving junior talent a go.

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

Every single player has political beliefs of some kind.

Every single one.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

No I don’t think so – there are limits to all our freedoms. Just like I don’t expect organisations or sports to tolerate people who make anti-Semitic comments.

Additionally, Folau was not sacked for his ‘belief in Christianity’, he was sacked for breach of contract. There are many men and women of Christian faith in the rugby community – none of them have been sacked for their Christian beliefs.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

I think it’s a good point re Heritier Lumumba. I have been underwhelmed by the response so far – let’s see where it goes to from here. I think I am glass half empty, but happy to be proven wrong.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Then how is what I am doing anything different here?

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Except that’s what happens all the time.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied made a comment about ANZAC Day and was chased with a pitchfork from the country.
Adam Goodes spoke his truth and felt like he was in a position where his only choice was to leave the AFL.
Why is that ok, yet certain other people in the media can say whatever they like, apologise and get a new gig?

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Stormy, how can that happen?

Sport is political – it always will be? Humans play sport and we are political, we are shaped by politics and impacted by it.

I genuinely don’t get how the two can be split?

So how our media report on rugby league isn’t relevant to rugby league?

The sports media must promote inclusivity

I do see where you are coming from and I too can see the difference.

I feel like Eddie is clumsy, but I don’t see him learning from his mistakes? Maybe I am being too harsh.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Some great thoughts in there!

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Thanks Peeeko!

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Duncan, I’m certainly not suggesting that the NRL come out with a statement about what is going on around the world right now – it’s extremely complicated and particularly in the US is such a multi-layered issue involving politics, the media and guns.

My point was more about the criticism’s of the NRL, in particular, about its approach to inclusivity.

No matter what the NRL does it will be undermined by the very loud media who continues to push agendas.

And I disagree about LM being targeted, maybe due to race. I don’t think it is debatable at all.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Train Without a Station – do you think what happened to Adam Goodes would happen in rugby league? I’ve often wondered about this…

The sports media must promote inclusivity

The Barry, could not agree with you more. Thanks for your comment.

I agree that it will be a long time before we see any change from the media and that has a flow on impact to our society.

The fact that Sam Newman got another gig last week really troubled me. How many ‘mistakes’ can one person make before it’s time for them to find a new job.

Eddie McGuire is in the same boat for mine – the fact that he is still in his role at Collingwood absolutely astounds me.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

I find Gus is better depending on who he is surrounded by – he was with Peter Psaltis a couple of times, early this season and I found myself enjoying it!

McGregor's got to go - but he shouldn't go alone

What has helped me this year is unfollowing @FOXNRL on social media. I was desperately afraid of missing something – but not following them and their clickbait has actually made my experience much better.

In fact, I’ve even found myself watching Channel Nine much more – I prefer their commentary team to Fox’s on most occasions.

McGregor's got to go - but he shouldn't go alone

Eeek.

McGregor's got to go - but he shouldn't go alone

I can understand that view JGK – but if there is a fault line, then leadership needs to address it. The alternative is literally putting a line through the club for as long as it takes for the JDB situation to be resolved.

McGregor's got to go - but he shouldn't go alone

It is staggering, isn’t it!!

McGregor's got to go - but he shouldn't go alone