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Dogs deserve a pat for benign intervention

"Multitude of problems" ... Ben Barba has been stood down by the Bulldogs indefinitely to face his demons.

"Multitude of problems" ... Ben Barba has been stood down by the Bulldogs indefinitely to face his demons. Photo: Getty Images

Be the face of fast food. Be the face of peptides. Be the face of hemorrhoids. But sack your manager if he even suggests you be the face of the NRL.

Brett Stewart, Todd Carney, Benji Marshall. They could have told Ben Barba that. Only Manly's opening night double act, Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran, have avoided the "curse of the face" in recent years. Is the weight of being the most prominent figure in a serially beleaguered game too much for one man to bear?

The absence of Barba's smiling face from Wednesday night's NRL launch is sad. Not because the NRL will start the season without one of its most luminous stars. But because the imposition of an indefinite suspension by the Bulldogs is – without adding any lurid details – enough to make it clear Barba is confronting serious personal problems.

An ambitious club with an intensely driven coach does not suspend its match-winning full-back on the eve of the season because he didn't finish a lap at training or because he left his car in the chairman's parking spot. The concern for Barba's welfare, and for those around him, has been deemed more important than team performance. In professional sport, that is as serious as it gets.

This was supposed to be a week of great expectation, even great excitement, for the NRL. The new season launched with a new boss and new opportunities created by the rights-deal millions. Instead, on Monday, there was only an old problem and a small blessing – the professional manner in which the Bulldogs dealt with Barba's increasingly erratic behaviour.

Too often, clubs have abrogated their responsibility to player welfare or misbehaviour. Mostly, it has been left for the NRL administration to clean up the mess. So often did former chief executive David Gallop put on his fireman's helmet, people started to think he was auditioning for the Village People.

The overwrought reaction by some clubs to the Australian Crime Investigation into corruption in Australian sport - something publicly supported by the NRL - did not help the league, or its image. One week into the job, new NRL chief executive Dave Smith was caught in the crossfire instead of leading a united game.

But by acting swiftly and of their own accord when confronted with the evidence of Barba's personal problems, the Bulldogs ensured the NRL was - for once - not caught on the back foot. When the Bulldogs' chief executive Todd Greenberg contacted Smith at 10pm Sunday, the club had a clear course of action. A pre-emptive strategy to ensure a high-profile player did no further damage to himself and, consequently, the game. This was a leap forward from the usual scenario whereby the NRL reads about a star player's behavioural problems in the morning paper and, subsequently, have to browbeat his club into taking meaningful action.

The Bulldogs' pre-emptory intervention will not dull the appetite for details. When the reigning Dally M medallist is withdrawn by his club on the eve of the season, there is a reasonable chance people will want to know - precisely - why. However, the Bulldogs have at least made Barba's welfare the most significant issue. Accordingly, it should be ours.

Barba is loved, well beyond the Bulldogs' fiercely parochial heartland, because of his delicate mixture of breathtaking skill and obvious fragility. The way he bounced off the irresistible behemoth Greg Inglis while attempting a tackle was simultaneously heartwarming and hilarious. The flea biting the elephant.

If, during his recent travails, Barba has harmed only himself, then we should have the same sense of compassion we feel when he stands beneath a high ball with the rampaging heavyweights charging towards him. Barba is, clearly, a disoriented, perhaps unsophisticated figure in a challenging environment made even more complex by his fame and fortune.

One, it seems, with a new sense of self-awareness. In his statement, Barba said he did not know when he would return. "When I do, I hope that everybody sees a better person." Someone who, in turn, provides a better face for the game.

13 comments so far

  • Good luck Ben Barba. He is very lucky to have Des as a mentor. Des may be a fierce competitor but he always has the welfare of his players in the forefront.

    Commenter
    killerbee
    Date and time
    February 25, 2013, 7:05PM
    • Hey ben, I doubt that you are reading any media, but I wish you the best. I am still going through issues myself. BTW I am not a qlder, and not a berries supporter. Wish you well.

      Commenter
      hbg
      Date and time
      February 25, 2013, 7:25PM
      • I'm usually pretty quick to heap crap on leaguies and their shenanigans, but it is clear this young man needs help. Thankfully it seems the powers that be are committed to helping, even if it means their best player isn't on the field.

        Well done to all involved and I wish Ben all the best in sorting himself out.

        Let's just hope this new maturity is extended to the rank and file as well as the superstars.

        Commenter
        InnocentBystander
        Date and time
        February 25, 2013, 7:38PM
        • Sadly the biggest problem is that very few of these mentors have the capacity to teach these young sportsmen how to take responsibility for their own actions. Welfare is great but being taught self discipline is what's needed and this is too often passed over.

          Commenter
          RTP
          Location
          Sawtell
          Date and time
          February 25, 2013, 9:15PM
          • This "face of the game" nonsense should be scrapped altogether. Rugby League relies far too heavily on the cult of personality for it's marketing, and the young bloke who is flavour of the month at the time is subjected to far too much pressure.

            If these blokes were given the time and space to develop their games properly in a team context, the code might be more exciting, less repetitive and less reliant on individual flashes of brilliance for it's appeal.

            Commenter
            Jimbob
            Date and time
            February 25, 2013, 9:33PM
            • I wish Barba had a functioning prefrontal cortex. He has probably made his ex and the kids miserable. He needs to be read the riot act. That might shake some sense into him.

              Commenter
              jg
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              February 25, 2013, 9:51PM
              • That's pretty harsh jg, do you know the bloke? I suppose you have all the facts surrounding his personal life and circumstances then?

                I was going to say get off your high horse but you've already done that to kick a guy who is on the ground.

                You must feel real good about yourself...

                I hope he sorts out his personal issues for his own and his family's sake.

                Commenter
                toecutter
                Date and time
                February 26, 2013, 10:23AM
            • This is a by-product of the rugby league getting into bed with sports betting. The sooner the relationship ends the better. No good comes from betting - except the blood $$ the NRL receives, which is what rugby league is founded on money and greed.

              Betting is encouraged and promoted continuously before, during, and after games. The tag line "gamble responsibly" is a two way street. How about "advertise gambling responsibility" e.g. not during telecast, ridiculous combination bets, and stating the actual probability of getting a return. Pathetic. Someone within the professional sports administration needs to be man enough to stand up and say no more. Unlikely but has to happen.

              Commenter
              OscarP
              Location
              Brsvgs
              Date and time
              February 25, 2013, 10:51PM
              • Todd Greenberg has done so well with that club, was a mess a few years ago. Nice to see an NRL drama handled well for a change, hope it catches on with the other teams. The only reason why these NRL guys get in so much trouble is because they have too many in the clubs forgiving them for everything all the time, hence their surprise when they finally get done because they have gone too far. This handling by Todd Greenberg is good for the club & more importantly, good for Ben Barba.

                Commenter
                YaThinkN
                Location
                Doonan
                Date and time
                February 26, 2013, 8:27AM
                • I would be interested to see how the 'Dogs would have handled this if it was John Smith and not Ben Barba. Something tells me that a lesser player than Barba would have been cut and been told that he is more trouble than he is worth.

                  Commenter
                  Syd
                  Date and time
                  February 26, 2013, 12:26PM

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