Sharks NRL player Wade Graham has offered an unreserved apology in relation to his choice of attire yesterday for an interview with ASADA.
The first at the club to be interviewed as a part of the ongoing investigation process, Graham has drawn criticism from a number of quarters.
After receiving a reprimand from Sharks management for disregarding prior instruction as to what may constitute appropriate dress, Graham has conceded his casual appearance failed to do justice to the seriousness of the ASADA process and was remorseful for his actions.
Graham has today left messages with NRL CEO David Smith and has made contact with Sharks Chairman Glen Coleman apologising for his lack of good judgment as to his clothing choices.
“I certainly take the ASADA matter seriously and my choice of dress was in no way intentional as an indication of otherwise,” Graham began. “In hindsight I agree that I let myself, my club and the game down and apologise for any distress it has caused.
“I’ve attempted to make contact with David Smith this morning and have been in touch with our Chairman Glen Coleman. I would also say sorry to both the corporate sponsors and to the Sharks members and fans for not representing the club better than I could and should have.”
Touted as a future leader of the club, Graham has been spoken to by Sharks Football General Manager Steve Noyce as to his obligations to the Sharks and to the game of rugby league in regards to the image leading players are required to portray.
“Wade is an outstanding young man and he will learn from this mistake,” Noyce said. “We have spoken about it, he realises the error of his ways and I don’t envisage him making the same mistake again.
“The club takes the ASADA matter very seriously and any players involved in future interviews will reflect that.”