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Josh Addo-Carr: Storm, NRL and RLPA statements

Melbourne Storm media statement

Melbourne Storm supports the statements issued today by the NRL and RLPA following social media posts made by one of our players.

The statements can be found below.

Our expectation is that players and staff will act as role models and support community measures taken to eradicate COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Storm supports the steps being finalised by the NRL in order to resume the 2020 competition. Players will be fully briefed on these protocols once they return to the Club ahead of the recommencement of the NRL season.  

Any potential penalty regarding the weekend matter resides with the relevant authorities.


NRL Media Statement

Our players are role models and we expect them to lead by example during this pandemic.

On face value, the image is both disappointing and an unacceptable breach of health orders. The NRL will be speaking to the players involved to seek further information and we will ensure the players provide any assistance authorities require. 

We are embarking on a significant education program to ensure our players understand what is acceptable behaviour ahead of the resumption of training. When training resumes our players and officials must comply with biosecurity protocols that go further than current government restrictions. 

As a group, our players have taken government health orders very seriously and have helped educate the community. On face value, today’s matter is unacceptable and we support the government in any action they believe necessary.

RLPA Media Statement

The RLPA issued a statement today to announce it was aware of the incident and have contacted the players "to better understand the circumstances".

"The NRL and RLPA agreed on protocols to apply during the suspension of the competition to protect the health and safety of our players, clubs and officials.

"Players are expected to adhere to the protocols, as well as the government’s community restrictions during this time.

"The RLPA takes these matters seriously and will continue to work with players, clubs and the NRL regarding this situation."

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.