Sharks forward Toby Rudolf will cop a formal warning from the NRL over “inappropriate” comments made on TV.
Sharks forward Toby Rudolf will cop a formal warning from the NRL over “inappropriate” comments made in a post-match interview.
Rudolf was asked on Fox League what he had planned for Sunday night after Cronulla beat the Dragons in Round One.
“Probably about 1000 beers. Go to Northies [pub], try and pull something. Anything will do,” Rudolf said.
“No, honestly, it’s all about recovery these days. I’ll be going straight home, straight to the ice bath and staying very, very quiet.”
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said Rudolf’s “pull something” comment was an inappropriate reference to women.
“I was very disappointed with Toby’s comments, they were inappropriate and should not have been said,” Abdo told AAP.
“We are going to issue Toby with a formal warning and I know the club are going to counsel him so there is not a repeat.
“Respect for women is one of the foundations of our society and our players, as role models, need to be leaders in this area.”
Rudolf’s flippant comment could not have come at a worse time; the evening before Women’s March 4 Justice events were carried out across Australia, in response to the rape allegations that have engulfed Federal Parliament.
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