NRL finally draw up player stand down policy
NRL lawyers have finally drafted the new rules to enforce stand-down sanctions on accused rapist Jack de Belin and other alleged bad boys who have brought the game to its knees.
The Sunday Telegraph has obtained a copy of the NRL legal document that will go to the Federal court on Thursday in the hope of rubbing de Belin out of the game until his court proceedings have been dealt with.
The game has been under attack since Federal Court judge Justice Steven Rares ruled on Thursday that the NRL had no right to stand down the St George Illawarra forward because the 'no fault' policy was not yet officially in place.
Lawyers have since worked for 48 hours to draft the new rules.
Under the heading 'Mandatory No-Fault Standing Down' the revamped player contract reads:
"If a Player is charged with a Serious Criminal Offence, he will be automatically subject to a No-Fault Stand Down Condition.
"The Chief Executive Officer or the Chief Operating Officer shall as soon as practicable after a Player is charged with a Serious Criminal Offence provide a notice in writing to the Player confirming the application of the No-Fault Stand Down Condition and the effect of that Condition.
"While the charge remains unresolved would: (i) Be detrimental to; (ii) Bring into disrepute; (iii) Be inconsistent with; (iv) Be contrary to; and/or (v) Be prejudicial to, the best interests, image and welfare of the NRL, the NRL Competition, the Representative Competitions, the Related Competitions and the Other Competitions or is likely to impair public confidence in them."
The legal document was emailed to member of the independent commission on Friday night.
The commission will meet on Monday to rubber stamp the policy that was introduced at their last meeting on February 28.
Part of the new rule states: "It is a fundamental requirement of registration and of the NRL Playing Contract that he (player) maintains at all times a reputation for high standards of personal conduct, including a reputation for respect for women and children, the responsible consumption of any alcohol and for lawful and good behaviour generally.
"The NRL Competition is the subject of significant public, commercial and media interest and the success of the NRL Competition depends on it continuing and developing the interest that those groups have in associating with the NRL Competition, the Clubs and the Players."
The new guidelines give NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and chief operating officer Nick Weeks the power to enforce the No-Fault stand-down.
The rule also states players will continue to be paid and allowed to train with their team but not take part in any promotional or community activity.
There is also a clause that, like in de Belin's case, that the stand down law applies to a player "even where he was charged with the criminal offence prior to the commencement of these rules."
This means that, if accepted by the Federal court judge, Manly Sea Eagles centre Dylan Walker and Penrith Panthers utility Tyrone May would also be officially rubbed out.