Roosters upset over Baird’s SKD comments

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says he is disappointed with NSW Premier Mike Baird’s comments about the Shaun Kenny-Dowall case.

Baird said on Sunday that the NRL had the chance to send a strong message by suspending Sydney Roosters centre Kenny-Dowall after he was charged over domestic violence allegations made by his ex-girlfriend Jessica Peris.

“Everyone is obviously allowed a right and an opportunity for this case to be proven,” Baird said.

“But I think if the NRL was going to send a strong message, they could say ‘we don’t want you to play until this case is proven’.”

Robinson on Thursday expressed concern at the Premier’s reaction.

“I thought it was disappointing and he obviously heard one side of the story,” Robinson said.

“As the leader of our state and holding up our justice system at the top end there, he needed background, and he didn’t ring to get any of that background before he made that statement, which is pretty disappointing.”

Kenny-Dowall didn’t appear in Waverley Local Court on Thursday after being admitted to hospital due to concerns over his mental state.

His lawyer Chris Watson did not enter a plea on the 27-year-old’s behalf and the matter was adjourned August 6.

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