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James Maloney urges NRL not to take 'blanket approach' on all incidents

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/02/2019

a man holding a football ball © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited NSW Origin five-eighth James Maloney has cautioned the NRL against adopting a "blanket approach" in its mission to clamp down on poor conduct.

In an exclusive column for The Daily Telegraph, the Penrith Panthers playmaker urged the game not to "make knee-jerk reactions" to every incident, "especially if they are relatively harmless, where no one is hurt".

Maloney's comments could apply to the case of Canterbury Bulldogs prop Dylan Napa, who is reportedly set to be suspended over the leaked sex tapes scandal of which he appears to be the only victim.

"The circumstances in every case will be different, so it's about doing what's fair," Maloney wrote.

Maloney also believes the privacy of players needs to be better protected and everyone should be given the presumption of innocence.

In the grand scheme of things, Maloney, who is a Rugby League Players Association board member, agrees that NRL players as a whole "must do better".

The league has suffered through a hellish off-season where a new drama has seemed to rear its ugly head every other day.

Five players have been charged by police with offences against women, while Ben Barba was last week sacked by the Cowboys over an alleged domestic violence incident.

Maloney and the vast majority of NRL players who are positive influences find it severely disappointing that their collective reputations have been smeared by the brainless actions of a few.

"Plenty of players are frustrated that the entire group is tarnished by the acts of a small percentage of their peers, and that these issues have put the game under huge pressure," Maloney said.

Jim Maloney wearing a suit and tie: #james maloney © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited #james maloney "And we support the game taking a stance. We’re all in this together.

"There are some things that are straight forward. Violence against women should be met with a heavy penalty."

Maloney says extra education is not the answer to the behavioural problems, because players all understand what is required of them.

Instead of focusing on the small fraction in the wrong, Maloney wants fans to remember that many are silently doing great things to help in the community without looking for praise.

"... I would also love the wider public to know that for every story that is shared, there are dozens which won’t be — noticed only by the people who count; those on the receiving end," he said.

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