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The most debated topic among rugby league journalists this week has been the treatment of Brisbane based NRL.com reporter Joel Gould and what his case means for the industry.
Can and should NRL clubs control who reports on them?
It is understood Gould has been banned from Broncos headquarters for six weeks.
He can’t attend press conferences or training.
He is the first reporter in Broncos history to be banned from the club.
Former The Courier Mail senior journalist Steve Ricketts was banned from interviewing Wayne Bennett for around three years but that was Bennett’s personal decision.
Ricketts still interviewed players and attended training.
It is understood Gould has been banned from Broncos headquarters for six weeks.Image: Twitter/Joel Gould
Who ordered Gould’s exile depends on who you talk to.
Whether it’s justifiable also depends on who you talk to.
Gould, an accurate and veteran reporter, sent a text message disparaging Broncos' coach Anthony Seibold, suggesting he lied about player recruitment.
He sent the text to Seibold.
Seibold was understandably unhappy and has every right to brush Gould.
The Broncos referred the matter to Gould’s employer, the NRL, who initially stood him down for a week, then reinstated him only to ban him from attending the Broncos.
Gould is allowed to cover all non-Bronco aspects of the NRL.
Gould made Broncos' history when he became the first reporter to be banned from the club's headquarters.
Very proud of the club for doing this. It's been a long time coming for cockhead journalists getting whacked for the stupid shit they say and write.