I have a fair degree of respect for Graeme Lowe (sometime Kiwi Coach) and agree with him completely in his call that Russell Packer should never again be selected to play NRL or International League following his jailing this week in Sydney for a serious assault when drunk. There is no excuse for kicking someone in the head and nothing can mitigate that.
I acknowledge that League is a tough sport but I do think it needs to take a look at itself. I don't have a problem with TV Commentators delighting in acknowledging the 'big' hits but what League doesn't need is the bozo element that figures in the (Aust) Footy Show that is forever calling to 'bring back the biff''.
There is clearly an element in League that considers this acceptable and, if it's part of the culture 'on field', should we be entirely surprised when it translates into 'off-field' behaviour too?