The NRL are reportedly unhappy and the police ‘seething’ after the Dragons have publicly painted Corey Norman as a victim over his involvement in a street fight in Cronulla.
Norman has appealed his one game ban and $20,000 fine for his involvement in the fight in which he contends he came to the aid of former NRL star James Segeyaro, who was allegedly racially vilified.
However The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Dragons’ stance is getting under the skin of the NRL and the police.
Watch Live & On-Demand coverage of NRL pre-season trial matches on Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial now & start streaming instantly >
NRL: Time was winding down in the Charity Shield when a scary incident saw two players hit the deck and stay down….
NRL: Time was winding down in the Charity Shield when a scary incident saw two players hit the deck and stay down.
SUAALII WATCH: Teen sensation scores two tries in grown-up debut
CASUALTY WARD: Every NRL trials injury and how players are recovering for Rd 1
TRIAL TEAMS: Six-game rookie to replace Turbo, Tigers reveal new-look halves
According to Herald sources close to the situation, the police were considering charging Norman until recently with the incident described as a 50-50 call.
The Dragons put forward a 15-page document in defence of their star five-eighth, who is set to miss round one after being handed a two-match ban with one game suspended for 12 months.
However the NRL explained during the week that the police investigation into the street brawl and Norman’s involvement is still ongoing.
The police are reportedly angry that the club is maintaining that Norman is a victim over the incident despite the Dragons star claiming one of the four men that attacked the pair threatened to pull a knife.
MORE NRL NEWS
TRIALS WRAP: Teen Chooks gun lives up to hype; big Storm win could come at a cost
VERDICT: ‘Sky’s the limit’ for Suaalii, even injury can’t dampen dream two-try debut
LATRELL AND WALKER: Stars send ominous warning with clinic to sink Dragons
The Norman case came on the back of the Dragons failed attempt to lure Israel Folau to the club where the NRL was accused of giving them false hope of his signature in a ploy by the club that backfired spectacularly.
Norman reportedly had an opportunity to defuse the situation involving Segeyaro, but chose instead to head back to the group.
The NRL stands by their rules that provocation is not an acceptable defence with Nelson Asofa-Solomona suspended for three Tests for his involvement in a street fight in Bali and Cody Walker copping a two match ban for his part in a street fight last year.
The NRL Integrity Unit nor NSW Police found no evidence a knife was used in the fight although the threat of one being pulled as Norman contended is possible.
As it stands it is hard to see how the Dragons and Griffin can successfully appeal Norman’s punishment.
Get all the latest NRL news, highlights and analysis delivered straight to your inbox with Fox Sports Sportmail. Sign up now!!!
Originally published asNRL, police ‘seething’ as Dragons paint Norman the victim
Source: Read Full Article