It seems like a depressingly familiar story. A rugby league player brutally assaulted his girlfriend and was allowed to keep playing.
But in what seems like a less-familiar story, a male sports journalist attempted to interview the NRL CEO about the incident and was banned.
That journalist is Phil “Buzz” Rothfield, and in this pretty impressive open letter to NRL CEO Dave Smith, he takes the issue of domestic violence into his own hands.
And it’s the most excellent example of “manning up” we’ve seen in a long time.
Trigger warning: This post deals with domestic violence in some detail and may be triggering for some readers.
By PHIL ROTHFIELD
I will never, ever be silenced on domestic violence. You can ban me from interviewing you about this story but while rugby league chooses to ignore such appalling behaviour, it is my responsibility to highlight it.
The fact you allowed a South Sydney footballer to continue playing this year after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend made me feel sick. That’s why I wrote about it.
A drunken 98kg player threw a woman into a garage door so hard she suffered physical injuries and who knows what psychological scars.
Imagine if this was your daughter, your niece or a young woman you know. Imagine how livid, how angry you would feel.
On Tuesday I put in a request to your media department for an interview on this issue.