NRL club Parramatta have been handed a hefty fine by the league for breaking the number of scandals a single club is allowed to become embroiled in within the space of one season.
“Every club is allowed to be involved in a certain number of scandals every year and we found out that the Eels have gone way above their allocation for 2016,” confirmed NRL scandal cap investigator Ted Mouthguard. “The cap was brought into place to stop overwork in journalists, talkback hosts and PR flacks but some clubs seem determined to flaunt the rules.”
The Keiran Foran personal issues, the Semi Radradra domestic violence accusations and the Corey Norman sex tape are all registered scandals and come under the cap. However, the Will Hopoate secret payments deal and the Junior Paulo playing park rugby and consorting with crime figures scandal are unauthorised and may see the team docked further points this season.
“We are looking into whether Parramatta are involved in any secret third party scandals involving Jarred Hayne,” said Mouthguard. “They’re not the only club sailing close to the wind, with the Roosters already having a full scandal cap thanks solely to Mitchell Pearce.”
Parramatta may be able to avoid any further strife by unloading excess scandals onto a club like the Dragons which is well under its scandal cap, despite signing both Josh Dugan and Russell Packer in recent years.