A DOG ACT – HOW AUSTRALIA REACTED TO MITCHELL PEARCE’S NOW INFAMOUS VIDEO
“He needs to be suspended for 12 months, get a real job away from football and undergo both counselling and rehab.” – Former NRL bad boy Mark Geyer
“This will be deemed to have brought the game into disrepute.” – Parramatta legend Peter Sterling
“To be honest it’s not the crime of the century. In saying that, as a captain of an NRL club it is completely unacceptable.” – Former Roosters forward Jimmy Smith
“What these young men have to realise is that they are role models. Our kids look up to these guys and there is a big responsibility that comes with it.” – NSW Premier Mike Baird
“I think he should be stood aside. I think this should be the end of his career.” – Professor Catharine Lumby, the NRL’s adviser on women’s issues.
“The behaviour was unacceptable, we understand that and at the Roosters we can’t accept that, we won’t.” – Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson
“The disgrace is the embarrassment who filmed someone who had been drinking and felt comfortable in someone’s house to then sell the story of a guy swearing that imitated humping a dog.” – Suspended former Canberra Raiders winger Sandor Earl
“The most difficult thing for Mitchell is the fact that what it does to your loved ones, the embarrassment it causes your loved ones.” – Former Cronulla and Newcastle star Matthew Johns
“Mitchell Pearce won’t live it down, that’s the biggest punishment he could possibly have.” – Rugby league commentator Andrew Voss
“RSPCA is appalled by footage showing NRL player Mitchell Pearce engaging in a lewd act with a dog on the night of January 26/27.” – RSPCA twitter account.
“From our point of view it’s incredibly frustrating and at times infuriating when instances like this happen. Ninety-nine per cent of players across the game do the right thing but unfortunately there’s occasional circumstances that arise and on this occasion it’s a big one.” – Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy