This Simona thing has really reinforced the fact that the NRL has very selective morals when it comes to player indescretions.
A bloke that has a few bets (which are rumoured to have been on himself) is seen as a major issue and is prohibited from playing until the matter is resolved yet Radrada is awaiting court for allegedly bashing his missus but is free to play until his day in court. Massive double standards.
IMO the main factor governing the NRL’s stance on unsavoury issues revolves wholly and solely around money. The NRL comes down swift and hard on anyone (apart from Teflon Foran) who is in danger of jeopardizing the NRL’s massive moneymaking affiliation with betting agencies. They don’t want to risk the bad press and finger-pointing that comes with players betting on games. They don’t have a “gambling-free” round to spruik their so-called abhorrance at player gambling.
They can just pass over partner beating scum like Avu’a, Barba, Radradra etc under the guise of the “women in league round” and promoting the no domestic violence cause all the while letting the perpetrators of these cowardly acts to continue to play and in 2 of those 3 cases mentioned, win a premiership. Disgusting to say the least.
Ditto for drug users like the Sharks who massively breached the rules but were let off virtually scot-free. Why are these other issues treated so much more leniantly that a bloke having a bet?
Players betting on games is a massive issue of integrity to the NRL. But IMO it is probably less of an integrity issue than letting wife beaters and drug cheats take the field every week and be portrayed as faces of the NRL.
One has to think the major deciding factor for the NRL is the almighty dollar. Do what you like as long as it doesn’t jeopardize our money making avenues. It stinks beyond belief.