Andrew Abdo ‘disappointed’ with Panthers’ Grand Final celebrations Tyrone May, Nathan Cleary
Posted On October 13, 2021
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo has confirmed that the league has spoken to members of the Penrith Panthers, saying some of the club’s grand final celebrations were “disappointing”.
In the aftermath of Penrith’s victory over the Rabbitohs, a number of incidents distracted attention from the Prime Minister’s triumph.
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Penrith’s Tyrone May has come under heavy criticism for a controversial social media post referring to his sex tape scandal, as he also found himself, alongside superstar Nathan Cleary, answering questions about a Alleged boundary violation of a group the duo were familiar with.
The Panthers have also been probed by the NRL after the iconic Provan-Summons Trophy was badly damaged and returned to Sydney for repair. The broken trophy has made the rounds on social media after being placed in a pram.
Abdo did not mention any specific incidents, but confirmed that the NRL had “spoken to the club”.
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“It’s part of the data collection process, of our investigation. I’m not going to say what we talked about, but of course we are talking to the club and the players involved,” he said.
“I’m not going to comment on the details now because we’re reviewing each of these cases. I’m looking to wrap up quickly, hopefully this week.
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“But every time we’re in the news for the wrong reasons, it’s disappointing for us.
“Some of the actions are disappointing, now we need to determine if they are a violation of the rules. If they are, we will take appropriate action.
“Clearly these aren’t the headlines we want after what has been a magnificent grand finale.”
The CEO said it is important for players to understand how the game is represented on all media platforms.
“There are two things here: one is that if your actions are a gross violation of the rules or are not up to standards, whether on social media or not, we have to deal with it,” he said. -he declares.
“The second is how it plays out publicly. Even though people don’t necessarily break the rules, but post information that is offensive to some people or may be perceived as offensive or disrespectful to some people, it is not good for us from an inclusion perspective, not good for us from a brand and reputation perspective.
“There are two elements; have they broken the rules and caused damage to the game more generally?
“Even if we don’t act on all the topics, I think there is a learning and an opportunity to work with everyone, the players and the clubs and the game on how we want to position the game, which we think is the right way to position ourselves on social networks and other platforms. ”
Penrith tall Greg Alexander admitted he was worried after a number of incidents on social media.
“There were a few things on social media that didn’t impress me,” Alexander said.
“I think a few of our players need to recover from what they posted on social media.”
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