May 09, 2017
Dumb drug allegations embarrassment for league community
A two year stand down from international rugby league.
That’s the punishment commentator Ken Laban wants to see imposed on Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor, who were named in a Melbourne court on Saturday for allegedly buying cocaine in the early morning after the Kiwi’s Anzac Test loss to the Kangaroos on Friday.
He says the story took the shine off what had been a great weekend for international and indigenous rugby league, with Samoa, Tonga, Cook Island, Papua New Guinea and Fijian teams playing a tournament in Sydney on Saturday.
"For me the most disgraceful part of the incident was the negative impact it had on what was probably the best weekend we will have in rugby league from an indigenous perspective in 2017 and it was totally held to ransom by the irresponsible actions of two high profile players who weren't even smart enough to get someone else to buy their drugs so I have no sympathy for either of those two players," Mr Laban says.
He says rugby league in this country and the Pacific relies on the efforts of volunteers, and they feel embarrassed and ashamed at the scandal.
Bromwich was benched by the Melbourne Storm for two games and Proctor stepped down as co-captain of the Gold Coast Titans, and the pair have also been dropped from the squad for this year’s World Cup.
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