As Kevin Proctor prepares to front the NRL judiciary on Tuesday, debate rages on as to whether the Gold Coast captain did bite Cronulla star Shaun Johnson, or not.
Fans took to Fox League’s Facebook page and were asked the simple question?
Did Proctor bite or not?
By 5pm on Monday afternoon and after nearly 15,000 votes, 67 per cent of readers believed there was no bite from the Kiwi Test forward.
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Proctor has been referred straight to the judiciary and must now plead his case in front of a panel on Tuesday night.
James Graham copped a 13-week suspension for biting the ear of Billy Slater during the 2012 NRL grand final, and now Proctor faces the possibility of having his career in Australia ended, given there’s six weeks left this season and he doesn’t have a new contract.
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League legends Gorden Tallis and Mal Meninga are among those defending Proctor, and Laurie Daley jumped on board that train when speaking about the incident on his Big Sports Breakfast radio show.
Daley seemed offended by the suggestion he was only taking Proctor’s side given the player’s clean history and likeable personality.
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“I’ve got no reason to defend Kevin Proctor. I don’t know Kevin Proctor, I’ve never met him in my life,” Daley said.
“From how I see a bite, and what I saw on the weekend, I didn’t think it was a bite.
“I just don’t think it was a classic bite, I don’t see a biting action. I see an open mouth and I see some pressure, but I don’t see a bite.
“If I’m sitting on that panel I can’t justify giving him eight to 12 weeks for that. And there’s no point of finding him guilty then giving him a two-week penalty.
“Either you bite or you don’t bite, and I’m erring on the side of no bite.”
News Corp journalist Phil Rothfield disagreed with Daley.
“To be honest I can’t believe that some people like Laurie and Paul Gallen yesterday and Phil Gould are trying to defend him, I really can’t,” Rothfield said.
“I thought the video evidence was very clear. Normally in these biting cases and particularly in the old days these biting cases were very hard to prove.
“We’ve got different interpretations of the video obviously Laurie. I have no doubt it was a bite.
“I think the reason people like you (are defending him), apart from your eyesight, is because he’s been such a clean character over the years. But James Graham was out of character when he bit Billy Slater all those years ago in the grand final.
“I thought it was clear as day. It doesn’t matter how hard you bite, it’s whether you bite or not.
“He bit him, mate. I believe he bit him.
“Obviously something happened. You saw Johnson blow up about it when it first happened.”
Rothfield and Daley argued over what constitutes a bite, and agreed to disagree on whether Proctor is guilty or not.
“I didn’t think it was a classic bite, you did. And to be honest that’s been the sentiment all morning,” Daley said.
“It’s 50-50. You’re either in one camp or the other.”
Fellow legend Kevin Walters said it did look like a bite at first, but the fact Johnson and Proctor later played down the incident could help the Titans skipper.
“I know Kevin Proctor from my time at the Storm and this is not the type of incident I ever thought he would be involved in,” Walters said.
“It’s a tricky one for everyone involved.
“I don’t think it was a bite, no. If there was a bite surely Shaun Johnson would come forward… but he hasn’t.”