The NRL, misbehaving players and code destroying headlines go together like peanut butter and jelly. If there is something the NRL have tried to shake but never will, it is the reputation that some players carry with them.
You know what I’m speaking about. Just ask the weird people who don’t follow rugby league about their thoughts on rugby league players: ‘Druggies, alcoholics, grubs, women abusers etc.’, sounds more like a casting call for a Scarface remake rather than a NRL roster.
So, after what seems like the longest off-season in NRL history, another player has been in the headlines for the wrong reason. Ben Barba has been sacked by his new club, the North Queensland Cowboys without a game to his name, after allegedly caught on CCTV being violated to his Partner, the mother of his 4 daughters. I commend the Cowboys and NRL’s swift action of sacking Ben Barba after viewing the footage.
After all, Barba was on his third strike already and was on an extremely tight ship. Is it one thing to get in a fight with one of your teammates, is it another thing to test positive to cocaine twice but to physically assault a woman in such a public place like a Casino is completely unforgivable. Ben Barba now joins a long list of NRL players whose reputation overtook their ability to preform on the field.
5. Arana Taumata
This troubled talent must hold the record for most NRL clubs at eight. Bulldogs, Cowboys, Broncos, Rooster, Storm and Tigers all gave him a chance but couldn’t make it work.
Taumata was sacked from several clubs including Penrith where he was found guilty of stealing a prescription pad from the Panthers club doctor. He was unable to settle at any club after brief stints and now at 29 his career is well but over.