- Sep 19, 2012
From what I read about their cap cheating, they came forward about 50k over and were found to be actually 700k over. It's definitely not in the same bracket, but in the interests of fairness and to the argument around doing what is fair or acceptable to the fans to expand the game vs doing what is financially best for the product, in my mind questions like these need to be made seriously and, while I enjoy watching the sport, truly do cast a shadow over the NRL.All fair enough but sometimes things are simply as they appear. It's become the norm to see everything as highly suspicious and nefarious but truthfully Cronulla had been pressured on many occasions to sell off the land they'd bought decades earlier. I think it became the plan to eventually sell at a pace which suited Cronulla but I believe financial circumstances forced them to enter into deals or a deal earlier than planned or was desirable.
People had this idea that Cronulla was broke but it was never the case rather they were asset rich and cash flow troubled. Another thing people thought was that Cronulla was on the brink and uninformed numpties on here suggested they be sent to anywhere, somewhere else. They were in fact very well placed and were never under real threat of relocation, not while they had millions upon millions of dollars in real assets. I tried to explain that too in the past.
The drug saga is often portrayed as though Cronulla had been building superhumans ( Rocky4 style) but it was hardly that. What they were fed was scientific sounding snake oil and it was about speeding up recovery time and not about building steroidal monsters to steal premierships or win competitions like the Chinese and Russians did at the Olympics. From what I remember it was only a six week course that was halted before it was even discovered.
I hardly think it had any bearing on a premiership 5 years later. As for the cap I don't know much about it but if it could have been challenged by other clubs I'm sure it would have been. How much were they over? I know we've been over in the past as has plenty of other clubs but whatever Cronulla did it wasn't in the same bracket as Melbourne's cheating.
Anyway, let's leave it here, yeah? This sub was for a Billy Walters video that Santa bought.