I thought It only seemed fitting that the messiah of media manipulation be given his very own forum topic as a running record of the amount of times he blatantly uses his position (platform) in the media to push forward his own/personal agendas.
I’ll get the ball rolling with this one;
He’s scared to leave the house’: Phil Gould launches impassioned defence of Mark Coyne as ARLC deliberates
NRL great Phil Gould has launched an impassioned defence of stood down ARLC commissioner Mark Coyne while his job with the body hangs in the balance.
Coyne’s fate will be decided at a meeting of the ARL Commission next Thursday night after he was arrested in Singapore and held for weeks for launching a diatribe at police when he failed to provide appropriate identification on a night out.
What has perturbed the NRL community however is why the Dragons great failed to report the incident to ARLC when it happened some six weeks ago, a decision he attributed to advice he received on achieving a successful outcome of his case.
Veteran rugby league reporter Danny Weidler revealed there was a sentiment stemming from some areas of the game that “there’s one set of rules for players and another for commissioners”. But a fired-up Gould claimed that was just a “perception portrayed by the media" as he launched a stunning defence of the Maroons great.
“The media hysteria is ridiculous,” Gould started. “It’s the media putting words in peoples’ mouths.”
“They don’t know the facts, they don’t know exactly what happened, they don’t know the ordeal he’s been trough over the past seven weeks. They don’t know how important it was that no one found out in Australia.
“If this media storm that we’ve seen over the last week had have occurred while he was still in Singapore, he’d be in jail today.”
Gould revealed that he had spent time with Coyne since his arrival in Sydney last Thursday and claimed the 51-year-old tried to hand in his resignation twice to ARLC chairman Peter Beattie over the incident but was rebuffed.
“I can tell you because he’s my neighbour, I’ll declare that for you straight away,” Gould said. “He was at my place last night still distraught over this whole thing and the way it’s been portrayed in the media.
“The advice he was receiving the whole time is, if anyone in the media find out this will be terrible for you. If there is any criticism of the Singapore legal system, it will be terrible for you.
“Mark has said on a number of times, the first time he rang Peter Beattie he said ‘this is what has happened to me’…and he said ‘I will have to resign, this will cause some trouble’. And Peter Beattie said ‘No you’re not resigning we’ll deal with this when you get back’.
“The way this is playing out with ‘Oh he can’t be on the commission’ is absolutely ridiculous. He was at my place last night. He’s so shattered. He was scared to leave the house."
Despite his frustrations Gould conceded that he felt Coyne would have to resign come next Thursday because of the Australian “media storm”.
Sharks great Paul Gallen agreed with Gould’s prediction, but highlighted the double-standard that would arise in light of the NRL’s hard-line stance on player behaviour.
“I feel like where its ended up, his position as a commissioner will be untenable because of the public scrutiny,” Gallen said.
“If any player gets in trouble and he doesn’t its going to be untenable for him.”
ARLC chairmman Peter Beattie will meet with the former St George and Queensland great next Monday upon his return from holidays before the independent commission meets three days later.
NRL great stood down
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said he would leave it up to the commission to make a decision despite conceding he was disappointed and surprised by Coyne’s actions.
“I don’t want to get into what-ifs and those sorts of speculations,” Greenberg said.
"I think Mark has made it pretty clear that he’s made an error and that he’s owned that error.
“But ultimately what everyone is looking for is what is the sanction and what does it look like? They’re matters that will be decided by the commission.”
- with AAP