It is no secret that Brydens Lawyers has heavily invested in the NRL as major sponsor of the NSW State of Origin Blues, West Tigers, Mounties and Blacktown Workers. We are also a sponsor of the Newcastle Knights, South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Dragons. Additionally we are proud sponsors of the Bankstown Giants Police Rugby League team and the Milperra Colts.
We sponsor the game of rugby league because we love it. It also provides us an opportunity to connect with the broader rugby league community, particularly its heart and soul, the members and fans of each of these clubs. It has been our experience that the overwhelming majority of NRL and rugby league players are a credit to the game and worthy ambassadors of not only the game of rugby league but also of Brydens Lawyers.
We have however been distressed when we hear of allegations concerning violence inflicted upon women by rugby league players. The fact that there have only been a few instances of such violence given the number of players who play the game, is irrelevant. One instance of violence committed upon a woman is one instance too many.
Brydens Lawyers condemns in the strongest possible terms and without reservation violence upon women. It is intolerable. It is inexcusable. As lawyers however we respect the judicial process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. However, having said that, it is incumbent upon the NRL and all clubs to heed community expectations in instances where credible and serious allegations of violence committed against a woman are at hand. We entrust that the NRL and the clubs in question will take appropriate action to act in accordance with said community expectations pending the determination of each matter before the court.
Brydens Lawyers will continue its support of the game of rugby league through its sponsorship of various clubs at the NRL, state and junior level. It is our sincerest hope that we will never have to address this issue again.