Martin Devlin: NRL should erase Jarryd Hayne from the record books

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 7 May 2021, 12:42PM

Martin Devlin: NRL should erase Jarryd Hayne from the record books

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 7 May 2021, 12:42PM

Ok NRL it's over to you now, strip Jarryd Hayne of all his medals and erase his name from the record books.

You said you'd do it and now you must follow through.

He deserves to be treated as a non-person, exactly the same way he treated the woman he assaulted.

The only thing more pathetic than his ring-in friends yelling "he's innocent" is the fact the coward still denies his offending.

Still pretends what he did was consensual. Now this next bit is graphic, ugly, difficult enough to write let alone read so please be warned.

Hayne has been found guilty of a revolting sexual assault where he bit and scratched a woman on her vagina causing serious bleeding and injury.

And as confronting as that might be to hear and read it has to be told out loud because only then will everyone unmistakably know of the gravity and sickness of his crime.

And the coward still denies it. And his moronic rent-a-crowd 'friends' still post on social media that he is innocent.

Try and imagine for even a second what this very brave woman has gone through and how humiliating the ordeal has been for her and how difficult it must've been to stand up in a public court and have to detail what I've just said.

Hayne maintains that he's "still the same person".

Wrong.

Nothing you ever do now is ever the same again. How can it be?

Rugby League doesn't need Hayne or anything to do with him, vanishing his records will not blight the game one iota.

The goons, thugs and creeps within the game have to learn that playing the game professionally is a privilege and not a right.

Your individual behaviour reflects on the sport whether you want it to or not. It's part of the employment deal and if you don't like it then don't play.

I fear that Hayne is just the tip of a very ugly iceberg.

Hayne who?

Over to you NRL, to start that bit right now.