At a time when the NRL, and our game generally, desperately needs all the good publicity it can get, the overnight news that one of the games most high profile players is in the cells awaiting a court appearance on most serious charges will cause widespread consternation.
The incident concerning the Cronulla Sharks Greg Bird is now before then courts so we need to avoid directly commenting on that issue.
But it raises a very serious question the NRL must address.
When a NRL player is charged with a serious offence, he, like any other citizen, is entitled to the presumption of innocence.
But does that fact prevent his club, or the NRL, carrying out their own investigations and taking independent action even before the matter is resolved by the courts?
The answer must be an unqualified