Cronulla and Sydney Roosters hit hard by drugs saga



  • CRONULLA and the Sydney Roosters appear set to pay a heavy toll after having their names dragged through the mud as a result of the NRL cocaine scandal with a sponsor reportedly ripping up contracts worth $1 million.

    Infinity Group Australia has told the clubs it is withdrawing its backing for both clubs, according to News Corp Australia.

    While the financial services company did not return phone calls on Wednesday, they had removed mention of the Roosters and Sharks as well as photos of skipper Paul Gallen from their website on Wednesday afternoon.

    Both clubs declined to comment.

    The company appears to have withdrawn its sponsorship after Sharks chairman Damian Keogh, under-20s player Jesse Savage and Sydney Roosters star Shaun Kenny-Dowall were all arrested for cocaine possession.

    The Sharks’ deal with Infinity for back-of-jersey sponsorship was reportedly worth $700,000 over two years while its deal with the Roosters was believed to be worth $300,000 over the same time period.

    Keogh has stepped down from his role with the premiers after allegedly being caught in possession of a small resealable bag of the drug on Friday night at a Woolloomooloo pub.

    Kenny-Dowall is set to face court later in the month after also being arrested with just under half a gram of the illicit substance last Friday in a Sydney CBD club.

    Savage became the fifth rugby league player or official dragged into the scandal on Sunday morning when he was allegedly caught with 1.4 grams of cocaine at a Cronulla nightclub.

    Handling of illicit drugs scandals in the NRL is again in the spotlight, with Kevin Proctor copping a ban twice as long as Jesse Bromwich for the same case. Gold Coast on Wednesday banned Proctor for four matches, fined him $20,000 and ordered him to do 50 hours of community service.

    It comes after Melbourne stood Bromwich down for two matches on Sunday and did not impose a fine, although he will donate his Test match fee to charity. The pair were punished after making headlines at the weekend over an illicit drug allegation stemming from a Canberra nightclub visit together hours after playing for New Zealand in their loss to Australia.

    Both told their clubs they were too drunk to remember the incident but could not deny it.

    Gold Coast chief executive Graham Annesley indicated the Titans’ recent history with a cocaine scandal was a contributing factor in Proctor’s penalty, as was the fact that Proctor was a team leader.

    It comes two years after several Titans players — not 2017 arrival Proctor — faced court on cocaine supply and possession charges.

    “Kevin is a leader at this club, he was co-captain,” Annesley said. “This club has some history that has to be taken into consideration as well and there needs to be deterrent. It’s not acceptable at this club.” Annesley said it would have been easy for the club to have imposed an even harsher fine and banned Proctor for fewer matches.

    “We take our responsibility to the community seriously and we will not walk away from tough decisions just to increase our chances of on-field success,” he said. Bromwich is also a senior figure at his club. He was axed from the Storm leadership group while Proctor will remain excluded from the Titans captaincy indefinitely.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said on Monday he was satisfied with the penalty Melbourne handed to Bromwich.

    Owned by the NRL, the Titans are aiming to find a buyer by the end of the year. Annesley was unsure how that plan would be affected.

    “Every time something like this happens there are negative impacts, it’s hard to quantify what these are,” Annesley said.

    “We will be going through a sale process in the coming months and potential buyers at the club will look at a range of things … everything goes into that package, not just one incident.” Both Proctor and Bromwich have been deemed ineligible for selection by the New Zealand Rugby League for this year’s World Cup.

    http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/cronulla-and-sydney-roosters-hit-hard-by-drugs-saga/news-story/051f038e12d14ce550fd258754a432f3


    That’s a bit of cash for both clubs. Wonder if any other sponsors will follow



  • The roosters will just get more brown paper bags



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    The roosters will just get more brown paper bags

    And an ex Wests Tigers fullback to deliver them :nerd:



  • Oh my heart bleeds for the poor Roosters



  • I wonder if a certain players new TPA was the one taken away at the Roosters by that company?



  • The Chooks are like superman…bullet proof. They seldom go through a season without some real off field drama, but cop very little in the way of flak from the media. One can only hope that one day karma will strike them.

    As for the Sharks, one thing for a young footy player with a pocket full of money to fall for the temptations of drugs, but the CEO…you have to wonder. Anyway Buzz will still have nice things to say about them


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    It was the Chairman of the Sharks Board not the CEO…

    Anyway it’s not good for the game regardless of which Club it is…we have had our own dramas with Simona and Lovett of late…I wonder how many potential or current sponsors thought twice about kicking in their cash…

    The players want a larger % of revenue generated by the Game yet continue to do silly things…makes you wonder…



  • I hope both clubs have put a line in the sand for their players and staff.



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    It was the Chairman of the Sharks Board not the CEO…

    Anyway it’s not good for the game regardless of which Club it is…we have had our own dramas with Simona and Lovett of late…I wonder how many potential or current sponsors thought twice about kicking in their cash…

    The players want a larger % of revenue generated by the Game yet continue to do silly things…makes you wonder…

    Honestly we seem to have gotten off a bit more lightly for our player indiscretions at the start of the year.

    Sharks would have been fine if stupid Keogh wasn’t caught, it could have just been some NYC punk, but now they have the issue top and bottom post Ben Barba, worst possible look.



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    Honestly we seem to have gotten off a bit more lightly for our player indiscretions at the start of the year.

    Yeah,i think there are a few worried Tigers and ex-Tigers(“there were 6 or 7 of us”) out there hoping Simona doesn’t name names,Police would know who they are if they had his(or his dealer) Phone tapped.



  • That’s a nice stable club you are joining there Teddy. Enjoy old mate.



  • Craig Bellamy just on Fox Sports saying he sees nothing wrong with what Bromwich has done. Said his behaviour has been “exemplantry”, whatever language that is from! You beauty Craig.



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    The Chooks are like superman…bullet proof. They seldom go through a season without some real off field drama, but cop very little in the way of flak from the media. One can only hope that one day karma will strike them.

    As for the Sharks, one thing for a young footy player with a pocket full of money to fall for the temptations of drugs, but the CEO…you have to wonder. Anyway Buzz will still have nice things to say about them

    I know he is very unpopular among Sharks’ supporters with the loss of the sponsorship. Apparently he plays in a band with Stuart Raper.



  • Am I being too cynical to suggest a sponsor may walk out on the club but a few weeks later pop up as one of that club’s player’s TPA?




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