Do the right thing.
Kangaroos utility Michael Morgan says the simple motto is the only safeguard for concerned NRL players after an increase in illegally obtained footage being shopped around to the media.
The Rugby League Players’ Association has taken a hardline stance on the issue, saying they will support legal action from NRL players who believe their privacy has been abused or if they’ve been subject to an extortion attempt.
Last week footage of Parramatta star Corey Norman and an unnamed Brisbane player was offered to networks for a large sum but was turned down.
Queensland State of Origin star Morgan admitted the trend was a worry but believed the onus was still on players to behave themselves.
“It is unfortunate that some people are going out of their way nearly to make money out of it – it’s frustrating and annoying,” Morgan said.
“But we are in control of that, no one else is.
“It does come back to us.”
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson on Sunday called on the NRL and RLPA to do more to protect the rights of players.
His call came after Mitchell Pearce was suspended earlier this year after footage of the drunken Roosters halfback was obtained at a private party without his permission and aired without his consent.
North Queensland pivot Morgan admitted sometimes it did not take much for situations with the public to get out of hand but was convinced good decisions by players would avoid any future controversy.
“I have been out and you see how things can go wrong,” he said.
“But we have a very good group up here (North Queensland).
“We are pretty well behaved and pretty switched on, know when is the right time to do some things and not others.
“It’s all about the position you are in and the only person in control of that is us.”