'Abuse of power': Female footy host slams 'predatory' Bulldogs players

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Fox League presenter Yvonne Sampson has slammed the two suspended Bulldogs players for their alleged role in the schoolgirl scandal.

Both Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor's futures hang in the balance, as the NRL and Bulldogs investigate allegations they brought two young females back to a hotel last month.

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The two have already been provisionally stood down by the NRL and club, and will not train or play with the team until the investigation is complete after being handed a breach notice.

Screenshots of a conversation between Okunbor and a school girl published in the Sydney Morning Herald show that she was a student from a school he visited that day in Port Macquarie on a club visit.

Fox Sports NRL presenter Yvonne Sampson (pictured left) and an alleged SnapChat image sent from Jayden Okunbor (pictured right) to a schoolgirl, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. (Images: Getty Images/SnapChat)

The SMH then alleged Okunbor correspondent with the schoolgirl on snapchat.

First an angry NRL CEO Todd Greenberg slammed the alleged incident, labelling it "completely unacceptable" and it would "not be tolerated".

Now prominent NRL presenter Sampson has slammed the two Bulldogs players for the “moral issue”.

“They let themselves down, it’s hugely disappointing,” she said on ‘The Big Breakfast’.

“A lot of people have said the girls were of consensual age, and it’s not a police matter.

“But you have got to say it’s a moral issue. You can’t be going into schools and having a predatory nature.

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

She said the Bulldogs duo should have known better after going out to help the community.

“Often these are people at risk, they’re doing it tough and who idolise sports and they need a bit of a lift,” she added.

“That’s what sports people are invited to come in and do, and that’s the contact that is a privilege of being an elite sports person. Never should you take advantage of that access. It's an abuse of power.”

The SMH report stressed that there was no criminal investigation into the incident and Chammas confirmed the girls at the centre of the scandal were of legal age.

No complaints have been made against either player.

Greenberg slams suspended Bulldogs players

An angry Greenberg hit out at the players on the eve of the NRL season the other day.

"Part of being a first grade player is being a role model," Greenberg said on Wednesday night.

"Respect for women is a fundamental aspect of our training courses from rookies to elite players.

"That's why we took immediate action in provisionally suspending both players allegedly involved in the matters under investigation.

NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg is seen before the commencement of the 2020 NRL season launch at The Venue on March 05 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

"Rest assured, if these breaches are sustained the players will face significant sanctions which will both meet community expectation, and send a message to every single player in our game."

The sorry saga has already had major repercussions on the Bulldogs, with restaurant chain Rashays pulling the pin on their $2 million sponsorship deal.