VETERAN Manly prop Brent Kite says ASADA’s reliance on whistle-blowers dobbing in their mates will seriously damage rugby league culture.
Manly – one of six clubs named in the Australian Crime Commission report on doping – took the field against Brisbane just a couple of hours after Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan was stood down and four of his staff sacked as the first victims of the scandal.
While most Sea Eagles players said little on the issue after their 22-14 victory at Suncorp Stadium, Kite tells RLW: “I think it’s going to get pretty messy.
“Giving blokes exemptions to roll over on other blokes – I don’t think that’s going to be very good for the game.
“I’m like the rest of Australia – the sporting fans anyway. I’m scratching my head a bit. I’m not too sure where all this is going to end up.
“It is very frustrating, a very slow process. I don’t know, it’s a bit of a strange one given that there are no positive tests. “
ASADA has been encouraging players to come forward with information, saying significant assistance can lead to shortened suspensions for those guilty of doping.
Only last Saturday, former Manly icon Steve Menzies tweeted that he had not spoken to the agency.
“Just want to let u all know that Ive had no contact with ASADA at all.I know Manly are cooperating with ASADA & r doing all they can to help,” he said.
Manly hooker Matt Ballin added: “I really feel sorry for them and what they’re going through, first of all. I just hope they get through it and it works out well for them.”
When back rower Anthony Watmough was asked about the distraction of events unfolding in Sydney as the Sea Eagles’ game kicked off, he said: “I don’t want to talk about that.”
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