Very strange things are happening at the Cronulla NRL club. The board has been making decisions with the Chairman overseas and no CEO on duty in the club (subsequently fixed by an NRL appointment). The board brought in an advisor who told players who have been identified (but not in public and without specification of their crimes) that they should “roll over” and take a six month ban from the game or risk being rubbed out for two years if they are found out in the course of further investigation.
This all reeks of violation of due process. There is need to defend the players and possibly the clubs, and maybe there will be scope to seek compensation from people and agencies that have overstepped the mark. Players, especially young players, and destitute clubs like Cronulla do not have the resources to fight legal battles which could easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A coalition of clubs and concerned people could establish a fighting fund with donations from the fans. It would only take $10 or $20 from every follower to lay the foundations of a healthy fund. The players and the club need support from the best legal eagles and medical authorities that money can buy. No doubt a great deal of help will be provided pro bono but if legal proceedings become protracted the costs could be very high.
Other NRL clubs are in the spotlight and who knows what other sports may end up in this situation, given the hyperbolic claims about widespread doping, match fixing and criminal activities in Australian sport.
This looks like a helpful briefing on the chemical and legal background to the case.