With Mitchell Pearce under attack for alleged drunken exploits with a dog, a league legend has come out in defence of the Roosters halfback.
According to 1980s hard man, Norm “The Headlock” Harrison, Pearce’s critics should throw him a bone.
“Look, you’ve always needed a bit of mongrel to make it in first grade,” says Harrison.
“Mitchell was acting on instinct and looking for an opening, just like he would any match day.”
“Sure, going down with the tackle like that was probably a bad look. But what league player hasn’t had a few drinks and chased a bit of tail?”
“Unfortunately for Mitchell, he went after the wrong lassie and ended up with a real bitch.”
Harrison says that people who have never played rugby league at the highest level are ill-equipped to judge Pearce’s actions.
“Being a league player is all about split second decision-making.”
“That’s why Johnathan Thurston is such a legend.”
“JT has never wet himself or made an ill-judged pass like Mitchell’s under pressure – and certainly not in the pre-season.”
Harrison hopes that commonsense will prevail and that Pearce can resume playing for the Roosters – or whichever club immediately signs him if the Roosters pull the pin.
“If you sacked a player every time he made a mistake, a rugby league match wouldn’t last 80 minutes.”
“I’d hate to see Mitchell hounded out of the game.”
“He’s apologised, he’s learnt his lesson and I’m sure he won’t do anything like that again for a couple of seasons.”
“And that’s a bloody lifetime in dog years!”
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