Posted: 10 October, 2012
by The Rush Hour
The Truth About The Bulldogs' Mad Monday Fine And The Ramifications
(The video that supposedly sparked the Mad Monday controversy. Video: YouTube)
UPDATE: This is the video that supposedly sparked the Bulldogs Mad Monday controversy. As you can see above, old vision of James Graham dancing with a lady in England has come to light and the Bulldogs, according to media reports, are claiming that the derogatory remarks were referencing the above YouTube video and not Channel Nine reporters.
Last week, Channel 9 reported the Bulldogs saying: "There are some ladies here to stick their heads in your pants."
But what appears to have been said was: "There's no old ladies here to stick their hands in your pants."
Earlier on Triple M
On Tuesday night on Triple M's New Nightly Sports Show, The Rush Hour, Bulldogs boss Todd Greenberg joined us to talk about the club's $30,000 payment as a result of the Mad Monday contribution.
Earlier on Tuesday, the NRL Chief Executive warned that all clubs must be accountable for Mad Monday celebrations and they must "abide by the game's agreed code of behaviour".
Australian Rugby League Commission Chief Executive, Shane Mattiske, said it was time for the term 'Mad Monday' to be scrapped from the game saying "calling something 'Mad Monday' is almost an excuse to go over the top and it is time for clubs across all levels of the game to seriously review how end of year celebrations are planned".
He added: "...regardless of arguments about who the statements were directed towards the language used was offensive, threatening and open to interpretation by anyone in hearing range."
On The Rush Hour, Greenberg was very frank in his assessment of what's transpired since the Bulldogs' Mad Monday. We have compiled his reactions below:
On the fine/donation: "In simple terms, the $30,000 was a suggestion from us."
On the handling of Mad Monday: "We acknowledge we got some things wrong and we can do some things better."
On Channel 9's reports of players swearing at their reporter: "It was also clear in our view and also the view of the NRL, there were a number of inaccuracies within the media reports from last week. The players were together, there (were) a number of them in the room and it was never our intention to offend media or journalists."
On meeting with Channel 9's David Gyngell and Jeffrey Browne today: "Those meetings did take place. They understood our position, and we understood theirs in reporting the news. What we pointed out to them was a couple of parts within their reporting that we thought was inaccurate. We agreed to disagree. The game (ARLC) and the club were equally unhappy with how things were reported."
On the fall-out from the lack of media opportunities with players on Mad Monday: "Next year we will probably have to reluctantly put players up for media on the morning of Mad Monday. We'll do that probably to save the sort of things we’ve had to go through this year but I remind you that players do a significant amount of work with the media and community and on that one particular day where they are going to let their hair down it would be nice if they were afforded that opportunity to simply let their hair go and have some fun with their team mates."
On the outcry in the media towards the lack of player availability after Canterbury's grand final loss: "What I'll say to that is after the grand final we put four of our players out to the media for comments and interviews straight after the game. It was clear that the media wanted to have open access to our dressing room, which I thought, personally, was particularly unfair after losing a grand final. And seeing the hurt and the pain in the eyes of young footballers I didn't think it was a good thing to open our dressing room up to the entire media. That has obviously angered some people but I would make the same decision again because at the end of a losing grand final it can be a very desolate, a very dark, and a very lonely place and the last thing footballers would want to do is talk to the media."
On Billy Slater not going to James Graham's judiciary hearing: "We certainly wanted that opportunity but we were not provided with it, unfortunately. And just while we have the opportunity to talk about this, we've taken some criticism this week for walking into that judiciary process and pleading James' innocence and pleading not guilty, and now copping a significant suspension. What I'll say is that James said to both Des and I from the outset, from 1 minute after the end of that grand final, that he didn't do it. He understood how damaging the pictures looked. He understood, and we understood how bad those pictures would look in evidence. But he said to me, he said; 'Todd – I can't plead to something I didn't do', and we were determined to stand by his side, irrelevant of the outcome, because we wanted to support the player, and that’s what we did last week."