League great Mal Meninga calls for zero tolerance policy on drugs

Mal Meninga The drug culture is are currently causing a lot of problems for sporting codes in Australia. Mal Meninga has written an opinion piece on the issue for the Brisbane Courier Mail. He says-

“If any player is found guilty of drugs charges as a result of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation, that should be the end of their rugby league careers. Zero tolerance might seem like an overly tough stance, given the charges being mentioned are unlikely to draw a punishment from the courts harsher than a metaphorical slap on the wrist.

But being a rugby league player means that you hold a privileged position in society, and it is a position that carries responsibilities to the game, and the people involved in it. In the past, when league has been faced with the issue of players being involved in serious misdemeanours, the opinion has always been that the game should stand by them and try to rehabilitate them, because it was the considerate thing to do.

But anyone who is so inconsiderate of the game’s image and reputation as to be involved in recreational or performance enhancing drugs should have the same consideration shown to them: None.”

I’m not fully in agreement with Mal’s reasoning on the issue but I do think he’s right in that the reason for the growth of the culture is weakness. Either laws are enforced or they are removed from the statute books. Singaporean society enforces the law on drugs, executing pushers and issuing harsh punishments for users. Figures for drug offences in 2014 show a 14% drop on 2013, so it is possible to control these crimes with the right approach, and if the community supports those laws.

2 thoughts on “League great Mal Meninga calls for zero tolerance policy on drugs

  1. This is about performance enhancing drugs. It should be a level playing field – either stop all or make it legal for all to do what they want. The individual can then choose if he/she wants to consume drugs that will eventually have an impact on their health. The same should apply for all professional sport and prevent those who have a better way of hiding their drugging getting the advantage e.g. Lance Armstrong.


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