Former Raider and now Dragon Josh Dugan has had behaviour problems. Photo: Getty Images
A few weeks ago, I remember asking then-Canberra Raiders coach David Furner what was easier - caring for his young children at home, or wayward Generation Y players?
Furner laughed before replying without hesitation - ''I definitely know the answer to that question''.
Prop David Shillington launched stinging criticism of Raiders management and their handling of sacked stars Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan this week, accusing them of contributing to their belief they were bigger than the team.
James O'Connor has been suspended by the Wallabies after his latest indiscretion. Photo: Getty Images
Shillington was subsequently fined by the Raiders for his comments, and Dugan returned serve on Friday afternoon via Twitter.
Dugan tweeted the former Test prop had used ''favours'' to help earn a Test jersey, and reminded him of the drink-driving indiscretions in his past.
Not smart for a bloke whose career was nearly torn to shreds via stupidity on social media.
Blake Ferguson is currently facing indecent assault charges. Photo: Getty Images
I'd ask him his reasoning, but he's blocked me on Twitter.
Shillington believes it's a generational mentality bringing out ''the devil'' in young players, and it's hard to argue.
James O'Connor's drunken antics at a Perth airport this week are further proof that some Gen Y players believe they're untouchable.
Is it completely their fault, or is it pandemic of a system which puts them on a pedestal, yet still expects them to remain grounded? Ever noticed the troublemakers are normally Origin stars or Wallabies playmakers, not the fringe players?
There's a simple reason.
Tuggeranong junior Dugan was given a Raiders scholarship as a young teenager. He's been told for years he's the ''next big thing'', the next Brett Mullins or Gary Belcher.
Everywhere he went in Canberra kids would ask for autographs, girls would clamour for his attention and fans would tell him he's their favourite player.
For us mere mortals, we can only guess what that's like, but you can see why they start believing their own hype and lose touch with reality.
By no means am I attempting to justify Dugan and Ferguson's poor behaviour, and the contempt and disrespect they afforded the club.
But how do you stop Generation Y players getting too big for their boots? How do clubs stop lunatics from running the asylum?
If there was a hard and fast solution, you would bottle it and sell it to coaches for top dollar.
The fact is there isn't one but stopping them from doing what they love the most, playing football, is a good start.
Dugan got his contract torn up, but picked up another gig almost immediately at the Dragons and regained his Origin jumper. He avoided consequences for his actions, the NRL effectively green-lighting his mission to hold a club to ransom.
If word he's already racked up a series of fines for breaking team rules at the Dragons are true, he hasn't learnt his lesson.
Raiders fans wait with bated breath to see whether the NRL does its bit to stop the ''devil'' emerging in Generation Y and de-registers Ferguson next season.
Earl's not-so nice earner
There's no doubt Sandor Earl has paid a hefty price for a moment of weakness. But should he receive a huge pay-day in return for a tell-all interview as the ASADA investigation's first major scalp?
Earl claims he was told the banned peptides he took when playing for Penrith in 2011 weren't prohibited, and if that's the case he deserves to be cut some slack.
But if reports he's set to receive a sizeable cheque for a story to be aired on Channel Nine next week are true, it could be a public relations disaster.
Whether he knew he was violating the ASADA code or not, the general public are unlikely to be sympathetic to his plight if he receives a financial windfall for spilling his guts.
On August 28, the NRL announced Earl had confessed to the use and trafficking of peptide CJC-1295 and other banned substances.
Just four weeks earlier, the 23-year-old fronted Canberra media to protest his innocence.
''Obviously it came out in the media not in the way I would have liked, and that caused me to seek legal advice,'' he said at the time.
''It was more disappointment the fact that in such a big case, I was the only one named.
''I'm happy to go along with whatever process needs to be done by the NRL and ASADA.
''There's only been one allegation and I can't comment on hearsay from other people, but I put out a statement which states I do maintain my innocence.''
He also threatened defamation action against Channel Nine, who first aired the allegations. Yet he's now in line to get paid by the same organisation to tell his story?
There's no doubt Earl's interview will attract big ratings.
I sympathise with Earl, but obtaining financial gain for going outside the boundaries of fair play just doesn't sit right.