The NRL won’t be placing a ban on Mad Monday celebrations, as the game’s integrity unit finalises its punishment for yet another leaked photo scandal.
All 16 club CEO’s met with NRL boss Todd Greenberg on Wednesday where they discussed a number of issues.
Greenberg used the opportunity to issue a timely warning to clubs of their responsibilities in preventing incidents which may harm the game’s image or its players.
Current Parramatta forward Shaun Lane is being investigated after images were leaked of him holding a bag containing a white substance, allegedly taken during Manly’s Mad Monday celebrations last year.
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Greenberg said a punishment to Lane should be announced on Thursday or Friday.
“Our integrity unit is just completing its investigations, we’re trying to do it as quickly as we can obviously,” Greenberg said.
“There was a number of people spoken to in the last 24 hours. I would anticipate we would wrap that up tomorrow (Thursday) and would resolve it with the club if not tomorrow, then before the weekend.”
Lane’s is just the latest on a list of scandals to arise from Mad Monday celebrations in the past.
It was only last year two Canterbury players were ordered before the courts after images were leaked of them nude inside a Sydney hotel.
NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent on Tuesday called for the entire concept of Mad Monday to be scrapped to save further embarrassment for the game.
And while Greenberg has no plans to ban the celebrations, he did issue a warning to the clubs ahead of silly season.
“I reminded the clubs today that’s the last time I will see all 16 club CEOs in a room until probably well into September, and I reminded them of their obligations as leaders of their clubs to be prepared for anything that happens post-season,” he said.
“The onus of responsibility is on clubs and players. It’s pretty simple – behave yourself, enjoy yourself, but hold yourself to account and understand you represent the game at all times.
“What we don’t need to do is talk about whether we ban something or not. What we need to do is call out the right level of behaviour.
“Players are acutely aware of their responsibilities.”