NRL stalling over Jarryd Hayne Dally M decision after disgraced footy star was convicted of sexual assault… as footy bosses opt not to rush into stripping him after the AFL made Barry Cable call
Footy bosses have yet to make a decision over disgraced star Jarryd Hayne, with chiefs deliberating over whether he will be struck off as a Dally M winner.
Former Parramatta star Hayne was convicted of sexual assault in May following a lengthy retrial and is now sharing a cell with former Manly player Manase Fainu at the Geoffrey Pearce Correction Centre in Sydney.
His lawyer, Margaret Cunneen SC, confirmed that he will lodge an appeal against the conviction, and News Corp reports that the NRL is closely monitoring the legal process before making a decision.
Hayne is a two-time Dally M medallist, winning rugby league’s top prize in 2009 and 2014.
The NRL’s stance comes after the AFL stripped former legend Barry Cable of Hall of Fame status after a judge found he had sexual abused a child.
The NRL is stalling over a decision whether to strip Jarryd Hayne of his Dally M medals
Hayne was convicted of sexual assault in May but is appealing the conviction
The NRL has opted not to rush into a decision after the AFL stripped Barry Cable
A civil judge deemed that Cable, 79, sexually abused a woman from the age of 12, more than 30 years ago. No criminal charges have ever been brought against him and he maintains his innocence.
‘The finding of Judge Herron was incredibly serious and distressing, and the thoughts of the AFL Commission are entirely with the victim, who bravely told her story,’ commission chairman Richard Goyder said this week.
‘Once the court ruling was handed down, it was incumbent on the commission and the game to immediately examine the facts of this matter and the horrific nature of these events.’
His former club, North Melbourne, also revoked him of legend status.
Hayne has twice won the Eels’ best and fairest award – the Ken Thornton medal – and Parra are understood to be also awaiting the legal process.