The NRL and police are irritated at Corey Norman and the Dragons playing the victim card after the star playmaker’s Cronulla street fight last month.
That’s according to Nine NRL reporter Danny Weidler, writing in his Sun Herald column, with the revelation that it was a “50-50 call” on Norman being charged.
Norman claimed that he became involved in the fight after fellow NRL player and friend James Segayaro was racially abused. The pair also claimed that there was the threat of a knife being produced.
Weidler reported that there was evidence Norman could have defused the fight, but instead re-engaged with combatants. He also reported that despite the apparent threat, there was no evidence of a knife being present.
“The police are seething that Norman and the Dragons are portraying the half (Norman) as the victim,” Weidler wrote, noting that police had not yet closed their investigation and that the club had provided 15 pages of information defending Norman.
Norman copped a $20,000 fine and two-match ban (one game suspended) from the NRL over the brawl.
Weidler said that new Dragons coach Anthony Griffin, who worked in newspapers and radio between coaching jobs, had been influential in pushing the narrative of Norman being a victim in the brawl.
Griffin, the former Broncos and Panthers coach, has had a difficult start to his Dragons tenure aside from the Norman incident.
St George Illawarra made the surprise call to part ways with popular captain Cameron McInnes, their best player of the past two years.
The Dragons then launched a failed pursuit of controversial superstar Israel Folau.
On Saturday, the Red V looked well off the pace as they were hammered 48-16 by South Sydney in the Charity Shield in Mudgee; their final trial before the NRL season begins.
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