NRL accused of failing to act over airport tryst involving Cowboys player

NRL accused of failing to act over airport tryst involving Cowboys player


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The NRL’s integrity unit stands accused of ignoring the complaint of a man whose wife had a consenting sexual encounter with a North Queensland Cowboys player in an airport toilet.

The husband, The Sydney Morning Herald report claims, was also given valium by the Cowboys’ then football manager, Peter Parr, and provided with a false medical certificate by the Cowboys’ club doctor, Chris Ball, upon learning of the tryst.

The encounter is said to have taken place in a Qantas Lounge toilet in mid-2018 when the Cowboys were travelling back to Townsville via Brisbane.

The woman is an employee of the club. After her husband became aware of the tryst, he was furious with his wife and the Cowboys.

Parr, according to a letter sent by the husband’s lawyer to the integrity unit, gave the husband valium “to help him cope with the shock” of discovering the affair on Father’s Day.

The incident was first flagged with the NRL by the husband’s lawyer, John Sneddon, in October last year.

Parr denied the tablets belonged to him and said that they were given to him after he “swung by the doc’s place”.

The husband, however, is a long-haul truck driver and subsequently tested positive for benzodiazepine as part of a workplace drugs test.

Doctor Chris Ball is the Cowboys doctor and for Australia’s national teamSource: News Limited

Dr Ball is accused of falsely claiming he personally consulted with the husband.

“[The husband] had experienced a family crisis and was stressed and unable to sleep,” Dr Ball wrote to the truck company.

Asked why there was no written prescription, Dr Ball said he “does not prescribe benzodiazepine medication” and that he “gave [the husband] a sample quantity of four diazepam [Valium] … tablets to help facilitate sleep.”

Lawyer John SneddonSource: News Limited

Further follow-ups indicated that Dr Ball, who the husband claims he has never met, had stopped providing the man with medication.

Parr said he regretted how he acted but said he was dealing with “a very stressful situation” at the time.

Ball is being investigated by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) in relation to the incident.

Sneddon had raised concerns that other integrity unit matters – such as Nathan Cleary’s TikTok lies during the COVID-19 shutdown – had been resolved so quickly, yet the one involving his client was taking so long.

Peter Parr during a Cowboys training sessionSource: News Corp Australia

Despite a year passing and no action being taken, Sneddon was told on October 9 that the matter would be “progressed”, citing the AHPRA probe as a reason for the delay.

It followed claims in The Australian that Sam Burgess was given a liquid tranquilliser by South Sydney’s club doctor Andrew McDonald who provided a prescription in the name of Burgess’ father in law.

South Sydney doctor Andrew McDonaldSource: Getty Images

The tryst led to the breakdown of the marriage between the female Cowboys staffer and her husband.

And in late 2018, he texted the player’s wife.

“[Name removed], I know you wouldn’t like me texting you but I feel no one but you could understand how I am feeling. I only found out today [his wife] gets to keep her job at the Cowboys,” he wrote.

“I feel so gutted that nothing what her and [the player] have done after cheating on both of us over that Gold Coast weekend is fair. I have lost everything – my wife, family. I feel so worthless after what they have done but to know that they will still see each other at the club is so hurtful for me.

“I just can’t believe Parrie [Peter Parr] is covering [the truck driver’s wife’s] tracks and will still let her travel with the team. I feel like no one gives a f**k about how we might feel about it.

“I guess I should just realise I am nobody and not important to anybody especially to [his wife], the Cowboys and obviously [the player] who felt my wife was also his property. I won’t bother you ever again. I promise not to ring or text again. I am sorry.”

Who is the player??

What a whinger. Get over it mate.

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@RUN010 sorry mate i think we posted simultaneously, they were quick enough to name Sam

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Such sensitivity for your fellow man

Bravo :clap:

If it was a Rabbitohs player involved, there’d be calls from the usual carpers for a royal commission, and for the club to be shut down.

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Wouldn’t surprise me if it was a superstar who retired at the closure of that season.



Because everyone’s picking on us :roll_eyes:

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Agree Pablo

If you have a persecution complex, be my guest. I was being mordant, if it wasn’t conspicuous to yourself.

No, I’m continually railing against any form of persecution complex

It seems, however, that most here actually do think that everyone is out to get Souths

It’s weak, boring & grates

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“Reeling” :man_shrugging: :woman_shrugging:
“2018” :man_facepalming: :woman_facepalming:

I assumed Sharri Markson would have been all over this also… but nope she still has Burgess article pinned to top of her Twitter feed.


:clap: :clap: This is an important issue

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NRL clears Cowboys officials over sex-scandal allegations
By Adam Pengilly
November 19, 2020 — 7.10pm

The NRL integrity unit has cleared North Queensland Cowboys officials after an investigation into an allegation a man was given prescription medication by a senior employee to deal with the stress of his wife having sex with a star player in an airport toilet cubicle.

After a 20,000-word report was tabled by its integrity unit, the NRL released its findings from the probe on Thursday, saying it would take no further action against a number of staffers.

Long-time football manager Peter Parr admitted providing Valium to the man on September 5, 2018, to help him sleep as he dealt with the anxiety of the toilet tryst.

But Parr said he did not know the medication was Valium and he had visited the home of the club’s medico, Dr Chris Ball, to get something to calm down the distressed man, who was at Parr’s house.

The man, a truck driver, claims he found a message from the player which was sent to his wife, also a Cowboys employee, about the sexual act, which is alleged to have occurred while returning from an NRL game.

The man later tested positive for benzodiazepine in a workplace drug test. Dr Ball issued a medical certificate for the man’s employer claiming he had personally consulted with the man.

The claims led to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency issuing a provisional caution against Dr Ball, to which he was allowed to respond.

It was the lowest level of sanction from the medical watchdog. It was unclear whether the caution was for providing the drugs without a written prescription, the medical certificate or both.

The NRL said it wrote to the Cowboys’ chief medical officer concerning a regulatory matter outside the scope of the NRL rules, of which it said none were broken.

“The integrity unit conducted a thorough investigation of each and every allegation made, including interviewing all relevant parties and reviewing all available evidence,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.

“A significant issue was whether certain matters engaged the NRL rules or were of a private nature. The NRL has not identified any breaches of the NRL rules arising from the allegations.”

The NRL integrity unit spoke to Parr last month on the eve of the State of Origin series, in which Parr was NSW’s team manager. He finished his commitments with the Blues after Queensland’s stunning series-sealing win at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

In a statement, the Cowboys said they would “like to express how disappointed we are that several highly regarded and greatly valued members of our club have had to endure widespread and embellished reporting of numerous allegations”.

“Each one, referenced by name or position in media coverage, has provided multiple years of exemplary service and has always carried out their duties to the highest of standards,” Cowboys chairman Lewis Ramsay said.

"The club is pleased that through this investigation the NRL found that there are no grounds for adverse findings against the club, nor its employees or contractors.

"This matter stems from allegations considered personal in nature, as confirmed by the NRL [on Thursday] and contained in separate advice sought by club management some two years ago.

“The context of this matter being personal is particularly important as it relates to the unjust speculation regarding Peter Parr’s motivation in providing assistance. The person whom Peter helped was a long-term friend who, upon his departure from Peter’s personal residence, left a message of thanks for the kindness shown.”