- Mitchell Pearce scandal: player filmed in lewd act
- Bad timing for Roosters
- NRL's long list of bad behaviour
A rugby league player's career hangs in the balance after a drunken night out ended in him allegedly making unwanted advances towards a woman, and then a dog, with the entire episode captured on mobile phone before Channel Nine bought the footage for $20,000 with The Daily Telegraph paying $40,000.
Not so long ago, your jaw would be nailed to the floor after reading that sentence. Now we just yawn and flick the page.
An incident with a dog? Been there, done that, got the Joel Monaghan T-shirt.
Mitchell Pearce's career is about to be thrown under the bus once again, and it will be a miracle if the Roosters fall in behind their captain once more.
The footage of the incident following a Roosters drinking session on Australia Day was shown on Nine on Wednesday night, and it was damning. Not the crime of the century, like it never is with Pearce, but a player of his standing should never have been there.
Nobody at the Roosters was prepared to say on Wednesday night whether Pearce – the club's co-captain who managed to drag himself back into the NSW side last year – will survive this drunken scandal.
Because there have been some drunken scandals. A lot of drunken scandals.
Given that he only just scraped through the "girl in the yellow dress" scandal in 2014 when he was arrested in Kings Cross, coupled with the game's tough stance on any indiscretion concerning women, it will be hard for him to survive.
It should also be noted that Pearce's father, Wayne, is an ARL Commissioner.
Roosters powerbrokers were on Wednesday night still trying to get to the bottom of what was being alleged.
There are claims of urination, but as I understand it Pearce has denied this and said it was a spilt glass of water.
The NRL is already aware that the club's new recruit from the Broncos, centre Dale Copley, was at the party. He is visible in the footage wearing a pink shirt. At this stage, it appears no action would be taken against him because he did nothing wrong.
That said, it's hardly a good start for a player who only arrived at the Roosters a week ago.
The story was first broken on Seven News and it was a classic spoil from reporter Josh Massoud.
According to the club, Channel Nine's A Current Affair paid $20,000 for the mobile phone footage of Pearce's alleged indecent acts. The Daily Telegraph is said to have paid $40,000 for video and still images.
Grubby stuff. Another pre-season diversion just weeks out from the Auckland Nines and All Stars match.
Pearce faced a tricky season as it was.
He is contracted until the end of 2017, but there was already a feeling he could be squeezed out a season early as the club continues to regenerate.
There was also every chance that he would lose his NSW jumper following the Blues' devastating loss to Queensland in the Origin decider last year.
For Pearce, though, these are secondary issues.
There has been plenty of chatter around Sydney's eastern suburbs about some of the Roosters players being off the leash this summer.
Only last week, this column received reports about another player drinking in excess.
The Roosters sniffed around and could find nothing of misbehaviour, even calling NRL integrity unit chief Nick Weeks. The club went so far to say that it had received favourable reports about his behaviour.
Coach Trent Robinson does not have an alcohol ban on his players. He treats them as men, and it was that respect and empowerment that saw the club win a premiership in his first year as a coach in 2013.
If Pearce survives this episode, he might consider putting an alcohol ban on himself forever. Sometimes, it can be the only option.
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