Smith says rugby league does not have a drug problem despite the latest developments at the Titans.
NRL boss Dave Smith says the NRL does not have a drug problem despite the scandal that has engulfed the Gold Coast Titans.
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Five Gold Coast Titans players, including captain Greg Bird and Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt, will all appear in court after their alleged involvement in the supply of cocaine in south-east Queensland.
Titans 2014 player of the year Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling were stood down by the Gold Coast club, while Hunt was not considered for selection in the Reds’ Super Rugby win over the Western Force on Saturday.
Smith says the recent developments are not reflective of a drug culture in rugby league, rather that of society as a whole.
“I don’t think this is specifically to do with sport or with rugby league,” Smith told Fox Sports.
“It is a cultural, society as a whole thing, and frankly it turns my stomach.”
According to AAP, the five Titans players will front the club board on Friday in an attempt to save their contracts from being torn up.