Corey Norman’s Australia-based manager has defended his client who has been accused of sticking his finger in an opponent’s butt. WATCH THE VIDEO
Former NRL star Corey Norman faces the shame of a long-term ban for allegedly sticking his finger in an opposing player’s bum – but his manager claims it was an “accident”.
The disgusting allegations come 21 years after Wests Tigers winger John Hopoate was banned from rugby league for committing the same vulgar act.
Norman, who played for Parramatta, Brisbane and St George Illawarra over a 12-year, 228-game NRL career, was reported as a halfback for Toulouse in a Super League game against Warrington last Thursday.
He is said to have butt-butted Wolves player Oliver Holmes.
Rugby Football League has charged Norman with a high-level Class F offense that carries a minimum eight-game ban.
Norman, 31, could face a longer ban if found guilty.
Norman’s Australia-based manager Paul Sutton has defended his client after viewing footage of the incident.
“I would be stunned if it wasn’t an accident,” Sutton said. “Corey isn’t that type of player — he never was.
“I think his hand just ended up in an unfortunate position. Corey has an impeccable record when it comes to his behavior on the pitch. He has an exemplary record.
“I don’t think he’s been charged at all during his long career. He certainly never did anything to the contrary. It’s just not his thing. I don’t think he’s ever changed in the NRL. I’ll speak to him tonight.”
A hearing has been set for this week in England. Norman is considered a key player in Toulouse’s fight for relegation. There are only four regular season games left in the Super League.
Norman and Holmes were engaged in an ongoing fight throughout the game.
The Australian was caught by TV cameras grabbing between Holmes’ legs during a tackle.
A duel following the alleged incident, the touch judge reported the drama to referee Chris Kendall, who immediately reported Norman for “inappropriate contact.”
The Sun newspaper claimed that Norman “attempted to put his digit where it wasn’t wanted”.
Hopoate stuck his finger in the anus of three North Queensland players in 2001. He was suspended for 12 games, with an NRL official describing his behavior as “disgusting, violent and abusive”.
In 2019, Hopoate told the media, “I’m proud of my finger antics.
“You can either accept it and make a joke of it, or you’ll be angry your whole life because people pound you over it. You just have to accept it.
“If you make a joke out of it, people say, ‘Oh, he doesn’t care,’ and they forget.”
The charges against Norman could not come at a worse time for Norman as his six-month contract expires.
Norman had started negotiating a new Super League deal.
Castleford’s Kenny Edwards has been banned for ten games after committing a similar act against former Bulldogs baseman Sam Kasiano, who played for Huddersfield, last year.
Toulouse are bottom of the Super League standings and need to win at least two of their last games to avoid being relegated to the league.
Originally released as ex-NRL star Corey Norman faces monster ban for alleged vulgar act
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