Some might say it was a long time coming given the time of the incident but the NRL have come down hard on Kirisome Auva’a, suspending him indefinitely.
Auva’a, who was convicted of domestic assault, was the subject of lengthy discussions with the long-term punishment agreed to and imposed by the NRL.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs centre cannot return to the game until he has demonstrated behavioral change to prevent further instances of domestic violence towards women.
Additionally, Auva’a will be forced to complete a secondary prevention counselling program that covers serious issues such as domestic violence, anger management and and alcohol abuse.
As a result of the suspension, Auva’a will miss the World Club Challenge, Souths pre-season American tour, the NRL Auckland Nines and cannot play in the NRL until at least Rd 22.
NRL CEO Dave Smith made it very clear that domestic violence is not tolerated in the sport and stressed that if Auva’a re-offends, he would be rubbed out of the game completely.
“Let me make it clearâ€¦ we abhor violence against women and it will not be tolerated in our game,” Mr Smith said.
“Everyone needs to understand that if you are violent against women there is no place for you in Rugby League.
“We recognise that we also have a duty to help with rehabilitation where incidents occur and that is why it will be a condition of his return that Kirisome completes appropriate prevention treatment.”
With a multitude of welfare programs in place, Smith believes that Souths acted accordingly based on the events that transpired with court cases.
“The NRL puts millions of dollars into welfare programs, which include domestic violence, because there is no more important issue,” he said.
“So when incidents like this occur we have a dual role â€“ to impose strong penalties and provide the necessary assistance to stop it happening again.
“And that is what we have done in this case.”