NRL CEO Dave Smith and the NRL always said that they would wait until they had sufficient evidence before making a move on any player found guilty of taking drugs and they have done son, with Canberra Raiders winger Sandor Earl the first player to be banned by the NRL.
In a press conference earlier today, Smith said that Earl had admitted to the NRL that he had indeed taken a banned peptide known as substance cjc1295 and admitted to drug trafficking.
For Earl, on the drug admission itself he faces 2 years out whereas when it comes to the trafficking admission, he faces a ban of four years to life from all sports under the current World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) code.
With all this said, Earl was issued with an infraction notice by the NRL, as Smith outlined that there is no room for any drugs or illegal substances in the game.
“There is no place for drugs in our game,” Smith said.
“The penalties are very clear in the WADA code. I can’t go into specifics of the investigation.”
With the next process to now work with the lawyers of Earl, Smith reiterated that today’s stance illustrates both his and the NRL’s strong stance on illegal substances Cheap Kamagra.
“We’ll work through the charges with Sandor and his lawyers over the next 10 days,” said Smith.
â€œTodayâ€™s development reinforces the position we have taken from the outset and highlights our resolve in dealing with what are serious issues,â€ Smith said.
â€œWe continue to work with ASADA, the government authority in anti-doping, to get to the bottom of all allegations.
â€œWe will act on evidence when it is fully available.
With player rights and welfare paramount, Smith said the decision is the best one for the game and ensures a safe environment across the board for all players and the entire game.
â€œThere is no place for drugs in our game and the sweeping actions we have taken in relation to new drug testing and the formation of the integrity unit this year underline our commitment in that area,” said Smith.
â€œThe rights and welfare of the players also remains paramount and we continue to provide both welfare and legal support to them throughout this process.
â€œWe want a safe environment for our players and that means a sport where there is no place for performance enhancing drugs and no place for people who take risks with the well-being of athletes.
â€œWe remain committed to a drug free sport.â€