It seems that there isn’t a week that doesn’t go past without dramas for the poor old Parramatta Eels. That trend continued this week when their star Halfback Corey Norman was suspended for the rest of the year by the NRL. Norman has had a very up and down year with his on field heroics amazing critics all over the NRL, only for him to be a constant source of frustration off the field with his questionable behaviour slanting his character as a whole.
The NRL handed down the ruling on Thursday morning after Norman had been found with possession of prohibited Drugs back in May at Star City Casino as well as more recently, his involvement in a lewd sex tape that involved another male participating in drug activity.
The NRL are very serious about players bringing the game into disrepute and earlier in the season handed down a 6 game ban to Sydney Roosters Halfback Mitchell Pearce for simulating a sexual act with a dog after a team bonding session. Norman will serve an 8 match ban that rubs him out for the remainder of the Parramatta Eels games in season 2016 in what has been a torrid year for the Western Sydney based club. The NRL said Norman had been banned over his conviction for drug possession at Star City Casino, a police warning for mixing with known criminals, filming incidents involving apparent drug use and filming sexual activity which were in turn distributed to other NRL players.
Not being limited to sanctions by Parramatta and the NRL, Norman has been warned that if his ill behaviour continues, then he can forget about ever representing the Queensland Maroons at State of Origin level. Veteran Queensland player and now commentator Darren Lockyer stated that he needs to honour the Queensland jumper and the values that the side has in place “If Corey doesn’t change his behaviour and ways off the field, it puts his hopes of playing for the Maroons in great jeopardy, he need to think about that. Corey isn’t helping himself at the moment, he was playing so well for the Eels and had put himself on the radar of the Queensland selectors”.
Norman failed to comment on the ban when approached by the media on Thursday and was insistent on staying tight lipped.