The former Australian and NSW star revealed he had witnessed a video of an NRL player’s revolting act that “made him sick”.
Rugby league great Willie Mason has called for footy players with a history of violence against women to be banned from professional sport for life.
Speaking on the ABC, the former Australian and NSW star revealed he had witnessed a video of an NRL player’s revolting act that “made him sick”.
Mason, along with Ian Roberts, Todd Carney, Dean Widders, Jude Bolton, Brock McLean, Dan Jackson were asked a series of questions regarding several confronting topics.
Mason got a bit heated when he was asked: Why do so many of you treat women like s—t?”.
Mason: “There’s over 1000 people that play this game. You’re talking about five people.”
The former Bulldogs star said he doesn’t agree with players being allowed to play the game if they’ve been convicted of domestic violence.
Mason then recalled a video of an NRL player degrading a woman during a sexual act, suggesting it was unfair that Carney’s NRL career was destroyed by his infamous ‘bubbler’ clip.
“That guy who filmed that girl, putting his foot on her head, spitting on her,” Mason said.
“The disrespect I saw in that video made me sick and I see some pieces of s— playing our game right now.
“Todd Carney, on the other hand, just p—ed his own mouth and got his contract ripped up, and I don’t think that’s fair.
“I just don’t think the repercussions are big enough.”
Mason said players convicted of domestic violence should be banned from professional sport for life.
“If you do anything like that you’re sacked,” he said.
“Not have six months off and you’re welcomed back in the back door and playing NRL. No, you’re done.
“If you were like that and in a club and you said something to a woman that I didn’t like, then I would call them a f—wit.”
Former Eels, Roosters and Souths star Dean Widders echoed Mason’s comments: “If you hit a woman and stuff like that, well, there should be a black mark through your name straightaway.
“There’s a lot of times where people will accept things because a person can throw or kick a football better than someone else.
“And I think we’ve got to look past those achievements in the sporting arena and look at the behaviour of some of the people and just go, ‘Well, that’s not acceptable’.”
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