James Hooper and Phil Rothfield have clashed over Trent Robinson’s roast of suspended star Victor Radley after he was kicked off a plane for reportedly being too loud and drunk.
Rothfield wants the NRL to come down hard on Radley, but Hooper believes the incident has been blown out of proportion.
“I think what is disappointing is that the club’s culture wasn’t all that great when Trent Robinson started,” Rothfield said on NRL 360.
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“He has worked really hard to turn that around in the last eight or nine years.
“This is where it is disappointing that Victor Radley is a senior player in that team now.
“He was with a bunch of blokes and they had too much to drink, but you shouldn’t be in a position to get hoicked off a plane.”
However Hooper believes the incident was not as serious to warrant the reaction that it has gotten.
“I’ll defend Victor, yes he has done the wrong thing, but he is a larrikin and he is a character,” Hooper said.
“You would not find a person in the game that does not love the way Victor plays and also the character that he is away from the field. You (Ben Ikin) played with Allan Langer and Kevin Walters those style of players.
“They are big personalities and sometimes you can have that in your make-up is that you red-line sometimes and can go a little bit over the edge.”
“Unless the Roosters treat this seriously though their next breed of young players coming through will expect the same treatment that Victor Radley got,” Rothfield interjected.
“They have got to come down hard and I’m pleased with how Robbo addressed it today.”
“If you go back over all the champions whether it was Joey Johns, Brad Fittler all of them had a little bit of that rogue in them,” Hooper offered.
“They were the old days Jimmy,” Rothfield said.
“”Phil can I finish?” Hooper shot back.
“On the scale of one to 10 on the richter scale of atrocities this is a one. It is not that big a deal.”
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Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a stinging spray at suspended forward Victor Radley after he was kicked off a flight on the Gold Coast.
Radley is under investigation from the NRL Integrity Unit after he was reportedly kicked off a flight returning from the Roosters’ clash with the Titans in Round 14.
Radley went to the Gold Coast last Saturday to watch his best mate Ben Thomas make his NRL debut for the Roosters.
He did not feature in the game as he is currently serving a suspension due to an on-field incident, but Robinson was livid with his actions.
“It is really frustrating,” Robinson said.
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“We don’t want that in general public let alone someone that wears the colours every week.
“It is disappointing and it shouldn’t happen. It is not what we want form our players so just don’t do it.
“Act like a man in public and behave yourself, it is pretty simple.
“It is not that difficult. Hand up who has got on a flight before? Like how hard is it to get on a flight and get home?
“He’s a good man who wants to be one of the boys. He has to assume that responsibility of being an NRL footballer and a leader at a club and we don’t want to act that way.
“People look up to Radley. He’s a really good man. He has good principles and he wants to be a lad sometimes.
“That’s not what we need from him. That’s not what the game needs from him. That’s not what the kids that look up to him need from him so he needs to assume that quickly.”