Strong stance against domestic violence
Leaders should have a just and strong commitment to end violence against women.
Violence in any form should not be tolerated in any organisation.
The charges against Roosters star player Shaun Kenny-Dowall laid over the weekend once again bring up the issue of what zero tolerance should be.
Domestic violence conviction equals playing career over is what zero tolerance looks like
That does not lead to an assumption of guilt; it demonstrates an understanding that this issue is so serious, that each individual player understands the implications for themselves and their team.
As stated by NRL chief executive Dave Smith,
If found guilty of domestic violence, any player’s career should automatically end. Not that it would be reviewed, or even that it is in “severe doubt “.
The NRL and the other sporting codes have a unique position in our community; their players are looked up to and set behavioural norms and standards. What this means, is that they get all of the attention, money, support and praise that goes along with being a professional sports star. But it also means that they need to set an example, always.
This article first appeared here: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-nrl-to-step-up-to-zero-tolerance-on-domestic-violence-20150721-gih38d.html#ixzz3ghIAjDYY