Media Party blows on Scarlette’s embers against everyone’s wishes

The whole Scarlette drama was done and dusted until Radio New Zealand decided to write another piece with the words penis and vagina in it.

Police today said they had twice approached the woman after she raised concerns about the behaviour of players at the end-of-year rugby function.

At the time the woman was offered further information and support by police. However, based on those discussions, which included consideration of her wishes and the information available to them, police were not able to take the matter further.

“Given what has been reported in the media today we will again see if there is any further information she wishes to provide for police to assess,” said the spokeswoman.

The allegations made by Scarlette have rocked the nation and New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew last night admitted the scandal had not been appropriately dealt with.

His comment followed the release of a letter signed by a group of prominent New Zealand women that urged the game’s administrators to tidy up their act.

The open letter to New Zealand Rugby was signed by 25 women, including Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

Tew last night acknowledged “recent events show we have not got it right”.

NZR investigated claims that members of the Chiefs rugby team inappropriately touched, licked and threw alcohol and gravel at at Scarlette during “Mad Monday” celebrations after their season ended.

The players have been given a formal warning, which will sit as a “black mark” on their records.

The inquiry concluded that although the performance was legal and consensual, it was wrong for professional rugby teams to engage in such events and said players had to take collective responsibility.

Scarlette wants it to go away.  The police are now forced to “look at it again” unless they get accused of covering things up.  And the NZ Rugby Union are left with egg on their faces because it seems the Chiefs players have not told the internal investigation the truth and the whole truth.

The problem is that this is all he said/she said.  Scarlette does not have her own witness.  Her allegations are currently being taken on face value, but can very well be exaggerated.  And the Chiefs players have clearly been told to say nothing to anyone.

This is still not going to get anywhere, unless one of the Chiefs steps out of line.

The odds of that happening are lower than what the TAB is paying for an All Black win tonight.


– Newstalk ZB

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