The NRL is largely to blame for the mess which swirls around off seasons and indeed throughout the season.
For too long clubs for all sorts of reasons have protected players and especially what they viewed as “key” players from what should have been in effect.
I see it in simple terms,contracted players should have a numbers of clauses in every contract which cover what may occur off field and the outcome should be contract is terminated with the NRL…FULL STOP
Sadly its going to need this to get the attention of these kids and at times men, they are in the enviable position through a talent they earn great money and have the opportunity to forge long and rewarding careers on and off the field.
But the NRL can no longer look the other way or manage an issue every time a halfwit brings himself ,his club and the game into disrepute.
Once a benchmark has been set at the elite level, all other levels will rise up to this mark but until its a NRL policy it simply going to be season after season of idiots doing at times illegal and idiotic things.