It was not $10,000 but $1500 fines levied against some of the Manly Sea Eagles who violated the team curfew to have a soiree at an adult entertainment club.
That price would seem a bargain, but the bonus was that the players involved would receive anonymity.
The club decided that the welfare of the players was more important than a public shaming. The Sea Eagles are more than capable of taking a dose of shame on the playing field, judging by their results to this stage of the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition.
According to reports by the AAP, a statement concerning the ill-fated trip to Gladstone read in part, “The players have accepted full responsibility for their actions. And due to welfare and privacy issues, the club will not be publicly disclosing the names of the players.The club now considers the review of this matter complete.”
As captain of the Sea Eagles, one might expect more of Dale Cherry-Evans, but one of the keys to a stress-free life is to constantly lower expectations, so that no matter how disappointing the actions of other may be, those actions can be shrugged off with $1500 fines.
Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic expressed support for Cherry-Evans, whose leadership capacity is rightly in question.
“We love having (Cherry-Evans) as our leader and I love playing with him week in, week out,” Trbojevic said.“(It’s been) a tough few weeks for him but we know we’ll get the best of him for the rest of the year.When he’s playing his best footy, we’re a very good footy side.”
Cherry-Evans, it would seem, has seldom played his best footy in 2018, judging by the results, but Trbojevic may be one of those superstitious sorts who does not peruse the standings or the scores during the season.
Losing to the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels would seem adequate punishment to many, but the club has banished Jackson Hastings, the primary source of Cherry-Evan’s malcontent.
Winger Akuila Uate begged the media for acceptance, saying, “We get dragged down by you guys and to stay positive, you guys can actually help us,” he told reporters.“With this situation, I feel for whoever gets involved because we’ve got feelings as well and if you drag us down, of course we’re not going to be the best player we could be.”