Greenberg’s chilling warning ahead of new season
NATIONAL Rugby League boss Todd Greenberg fears a tsunami of sex tapes featuring players may be about to flood the game.
Greenberg delivered the chilling warning at Monday's second annual The Courier-Mail NRL Launch Lunch following the publication of another explicit video.
As Greenberg addressed more than 400 attendees at the Royal Convention Centre, news broke of a Penrith Panthers player embroiled in a sex tape scandal.
The NRL has been rocked by the most dramatic off-season in the competition's history, with sexual assault charges and domestic violence incidents forcing Mr Greenberg to introduce a tough new player behaviour policy.
At least three players have featured in explicit videos published in the past few months and Mr Greenberg warned there could be more to come.
"I expect we'll see some of this from time to time," he said.
"I've heard lots of rumour and innuendo about lots of historical videos.
"I don't know if they are out there, I can only deal with what's put in front of me. We'll deal with it and get on with the footy.
"It's another reminder to players to be very careful, particularly when you're around videos and phones. I'd be pretty surprised if players don't know the risk that goes with that in the future.
"There is a fine balance between what's illegal and what is I'd call stupidity. What I'm seeing at the moment is a hell of a lot of stupidity.
"The message is simple. They have responsibilities and obligations off the field. I expect them to make good decisions and where they don't, there will be sanctions."
Mr Greenberg was the keynote speaker at the launch which also included Queensland's three NRL club coaches - Anthony Seibold (Brisbane Broncos), Paul Green (North Queensland Cowboys) and Garth Brennan (Gold Coast Titans).
Seibold was grilled on stage by Fox League's Yvonne Sampson for the first time since taking over from legendary Broncos coach Wayne Bennett in dramatic circumstances.
"Wayne Bennett's arguably the greatest coach that's ever been in our game," Seibold said.
"I'm very respectful to what Wayne's done and the legacy he's left behind at the Brisbane Broncos.
"I can't be Wayne Bennett. I'm one year into my coaching career and Wayne started coaching in the late 70s. All I can do is focus on what I'm good at.
"I don't like asking too many questions about what's been done here in the past. The best way for me to work is go in and do what I think is going to work.
"I didn't envisage myself being in Brisbane at this time last year. I'm really enjoying my time back here. It feels like home.
"There are very high expectations at the Broncos. Success never comes in a straight line, there's going to be some hurdles and challenges along the way."
The sold out launch came 10 days before the Broncos kick off their 2019 NRL campaign against Melbourne Storm on Thursday week.
The Courier-Mail editor Sam Weir said the event proved Queensland is rugby league heartland.
"We put this event on for the fans and because we at The Courier-Mail are fans of the game ourselves," he said.
"League has always been at the heart and soul of The Courier-Mail and News Corp. Combine that with the power of Fox Sports, Fox League and now Kayo, and we're proud to say we're absolutely number one when it comes to bringing fans all the action and drama of the game we can't get enough of.
"There's genuine excitement in Queensland about the season ahead."