The response by both the NRL and the Cronulla Sharks to the Greg Bird issue was entirely predictable.
Predictable yes, but it is increasingly apparent it is a response that is now inadequate. The question is how long it can be sustained. Not long at all in my view.
The claims which have emerged since the initial laying of criminal charges - very serious criminal charges - against Bird surely require the NRL to revisit its response immediately.
Standing Bird down for the rest of the season is the absolute minimum the club and the NRL could do. It is nonsense to describe this as a