Over The Radio

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Media, Politics

Over the last few weeks, the NRL has been rocked by claims of drug abuse and drug cheats, something I have touched on before.

This all started when the Australian Crime Commission released a study on the drug culture within the Australian professional sports industry and its various clubs.

One of those who came rushing to the defence of those clubs and the NRL code and Hoppo Bumpo (???) in particular was Ray Hadley, who has been in the news a lot lately. Ray is fast becoming better known for his anger management, his parties at home, and his ratings in freefall as he seemingly lost approximately 20% of his listeners after the bully stories started emerging.

Check out this great MSN video – Sport in Crisis: Hadley slams handling of doping saga.

In the above video Hadley was quick to condemn the government, and in particular Kate Lundy and Jason Clare the Minister for Sport, and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice for calling a press conference and making a big fuss out of things “without a skerrick of evidence”. Ray was however careful not to criticise the Australian Crime Commission and its President John Lawler. John is the brother of Michael Lawler, Vice President of Fair Work Australia fiancée of Kathy Jackson who is currently under investigation for robbing HSU members blind for years.

Big headphones for a big ego?

Big headphones for a big ego?

Hadley was desperately trying to tell us the government was at fault in his familiar “Blame Julia” for everything approach, however headlines like the one pictured below show just how out of touch Hadley is with reality. Ray apparently thinks giving horse drugs to players on a grand scale is nothing to be concerned with, which I guess tells us how seriously we should be taking anything Hadley says.

Doesn't seem alarming at all eh Ray?

Doesn’t seem alarming at all eh Ray?

I wonder if Ray was suggesting that the work of years of investigation from the Australian Crime Commission should have been ignored. If that is the case it would be a rather irresponsible suggestion. As it turns out, it now looks like for all of Hadleys hot air that the actions of Jason Clare and Kate Lundy seem entirely appropriate. I don’t think either will be expecting an apology from Hadley any time soon though.

There has also been a further development in the matter the events that took place at the Hadley household during a party in September last year that I covered in detail here on the 6th March.

The events involved an intoxicated 17 year boy, an allegedly broken gate that has mysteriously yet to need repair, and allegations of Daniel Hadley, an off duty cop kicking the boy in the face. In a final act of indignity and indifference the struggling child was then allegedly thumped in the head from behind by Ray Hadley in what would appear to be an act even more gutless than hitting a woman, something Hadley has often been accused of in the past.

Little Mr Friendly

Little Mr Friendly

You may remember that Hadley was all over the News Ltd press proclaiming his innocence and his sons innocence in articles that stated that the police investigation was finished.

Hadley even went so far as to say that the police had offered an apology to his son Daniel. However Hadley would not respond when I tried to reach him with queries, and the police media unit could shed no light on this supposed apology, with the comment added that it would be highly unusual.

There were also questions that remained involving the conduct of police during the investigation in regards to leaks to Hadley’s lawyers and the intimidation of witnesses to not make statements. You may also remember that I mentioned I was going to contact the NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher.

We''beat the rap son, don't sweat it...

We”ll beat the rap son, don’t sweat it…

Today I can let you know that I have received a response from the Ministers Office, from Geoff Provest, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services.

Below is a link to the letter I received in full, normally I would not publish this entire letter, but as at the end he addresses my readers, I thought I should so my readers can read what is written for them.

Letter From Parliamenary Sec Re Hadley case

The part that interested me was

“Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford, North-West Metropolitan Regional Commander, advises me that police inquiries into the alleged incident are continuing.”

That to me kind of conflicted with these statements printed in News Ltd’s Daily Telegraph from Ray Hadley.

“I got a phone call last night from police to tell me that after what they called an exhaustive and thorough investigation, there would be no charges laid against me and my son,”

“As my son can’t be quoted as a serving police officer, I can be and I can say that my son has been offered an apology by police,”

So, who are we to believe, Ray Hadley and News Ltd who employ Hadley and whom were the majority owner of the NRL through much of Hadley’s time as a commentator? Or do we believe the Police Minister, his Parliamentary Secretary, and the Assistant Police Commissioner? Hmmm

I am sure that this won’t be the last we hear on this matter, or the thuggish behaviour of the alleged men in the Hadley house.

Watch this space.

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Comments
  1. clarittee says:

    Good detective….. Corruption methinks.

  2. Len Jones says:

    Oi Pete,

    1. News doesnt “own” the NRL anymore – only association is via Foxtel rights and ownership of Melbourne Storm. From 1997 – 2012 News was in partnership with ARL and that was dissolved over a year ago when the ARLC came into being and it is the ARLC that “owns” the NRL.

    2. Hadley does more work commentating for Ch 9 these days than for 2GB so there is more a link there so perhaps you could link in Ch9 as part of post.

    3. Ray Hadley’s statement doesn’t conflict as there maybe the possibility that inquiries are continuing into other persons and Ray Hadley and his son have been told they have ceased the line of inquiry into their behaviour.

    4. Ray Hadley hasnt said what the police apologised to his son for …. perhaps it could have been that the apologised for calling him at work – who knows really ….. That statement doesn’t conflict with the letter you have received.

    5. The ACC report i provides many assertions but are yet to provide publicly any evidence. A glossy report that is incredibly light on specifics but talks in generalities. Words such as “may”, “some”, “suspected” used in the media release by Clare and Lundy are gutless and tarnishes the reputations, both personal and professional of more than 95% of professional athletes who have no truck with that kind of stuff. Interesting to note the ACC did not seek its telecommunication interception powers specifically for this project but obviously stumbled upon this in 2011 and 2012 from other investigations. The ACC as an investigative body is broken and is so far removed from its intended purpose that it needs to be reconstituted.

    6. Radio ratings are the most inexact medium to survey and if you follow them closely a movement of 2 – 3 % points is quiet common but as always its the trend that is your friend.

    I’d give the a D for effort and content.

    • wixxy says:

      Hi Len,

      The NRL ownership I will have to the look at but I’m put at the moment, however News Ltd own 3 teams, Storm, Broncos, and 50% of Titans, and they certainly had majority ownership when Hadley was recruited even if bit has changed lately

      The statement does conflict with Rays statements of the investigation being over, it either is or it isn’t…. Why would the police apologise for the time they make a call with apparent good news? That is beyond thin….

  3. Terry says:

    Wixxy,

    The NRL is now 100% controlled by the ARL Commission. News Ltd have no further control over Rugby League and that is why the ARLC probably did such a good TV deal ($ wise) last year.

  4. Len Jones says:

    Not true – “I got a phone call last night from police to tell me that after what they called an exhaustive and thorough investigation, there would be no charges laid against me and my son,” ie against Ray and his son are finished. Investigations are continuing into incident – perhaps into the boy …. others at the party.

    Broncos owned by a listed entity – ASX code BBL News 68.87%. News has no association with Titans

    • wixxy says:

      After a long and exhaustive investigation implies that the investigation is over…. Otherwise the word during would be more appropriate

      I have changed the wording in the piece re the NRL ownership…

  5. Terry says:

    “2. Hadley does more work commentating for Ch 9 these days than for 2GB so there is more a link there so perhaps you could link in Ch9 as part of post.”

    Hadley still runs his Saturday afternoon vaudeville show on 2GB

  6. Dave says:

    Let me tell you all about the fearless Ray Hadlee and his sidekick Ray Warren.
    I was in a TAB in a Sydney outer suburb where they would frequent with hefty betting sessions. Often ringing some mate to sub them until pay day.
    I was accosted by three large middle easterners who started attacking me because of someone I knew had upset their honor.(Long story)
    So here was me fending off these three troglodytes when Hadlee spoke up with ” Ace it up fella’s ” to which one my attackers responded shut your f…..k’n mouth or you’ll be next.
    And you reckon Pyne and Abbot showed great alacrity in parliament to exodus that side door!
    Hadlee and Warren, the gutless bastards left a pall of smoke with their departure!
    As it worked out I didn’t need their intervention anyhow. Hope they tossed their undies at the first opportunity!

  7. Terry says:

    You’ve got to laugh at Hadley and all the agendas that he runs. It’s been years since he’s called games on 2GB and you would think it’s below him. He gave up Sundays on 2GB to spend more time with his family.

    Now, out of all his spitefulness and vengeance for Andrew Voss, he’s calling games on a Friday night in Brisbane for Channel 9 throughout the season.

    Which would mean, he would have to rush out of the 2GB studio on a Friday afternoon for a flight to Brisbane and then rush back Saturday morning for his all day Vaudeville show on 2GB.

    Not to mention his Thursday night shockjock comment on the Footy Show.

    He is a media harlot.

  8. Bob says:

    It’s because of this sort of person that I will never vote for the Liberals.

  9. clarittee says:

    They are not short of that sort of person. Why do they gravitate to the LieNP? Those signs that Abbott and Mirabella, B Bishop, and others stood in front of (twice) will do me. as the beginnung of many reasons to not vote for the trash. Pity this country when they get in.

  10. Terry says:

    2. Hadley does more work commentating for Ch 9 these days than for 2GB so there is more a link there so perhaps you could link in Ch9 as part of post.

    Lenny, you sure do love Ray.

    From Monday to Saturday, Hadley has 20 hours a week of air time on 2GB. Besides the hours of preparation time, combing through the Daily Telegraph for content for his radio show.
    At Channel 9, he calls 1 x 80 minute game @ week , does a 10 minute shockjock segment on the Footy Show and does a 5 minute segment weekdays with Karl from his 2GB studio for the Today Show.
    He would be lucky to do 3 hours @ week air time at Channel 9.

    • Tony says:

      By “commentating” Len is referring to live description of league games. Andrew Moore does this on 2GB nowadays, not Hadley. Len is not referring to general talkback etc.

  11. Terry says:

    5. The ACC report i provides many assertions but are yet to provide publicly any evidence. A glossy report that is incredibly light on specifics but talks in generalities. Words such as “may”, “some”, “suspected” used in the media release by Clare and Lundy are gutless and tarnishes the reputations, both personal and professional of more than 95% of professional athletes who have no truck with that kind of stuff. Interesting to note the ACC did not seek its telecommunication interception powers specifically for this project but obviously stumbled upon this in 2011 and 2012 from other investigations. The ACC as an investigative body is broken and is so far removed from its intended purpose that it needs to be reconstituted.

    Not according to John Lawler, unless he is working for Julia Gillard:

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/why-did-we-act-players-lives-were-in-jeopardy-20130318-2gb98.html

    ‘Why did we act? Players’ lives were in jeopardy’

    Date: March 19 2013

    Roy Masters
    The fear a footballer would die from injections of a banned substance, including steroids used on horses, motivated the head of the Australian Crime Commission, John Lawler, to stage the televised press conference on February 7 which alerted the nation to the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in the NRL and AFL.

    Lawler revealed that the ACC report on criminality in sport was to be released earlier but this would have compromised a recently concluded investigation.

    His comments undermine the claims of a range of influential figures in sport and politics, from Cronulla’s interim chief executive Bruno Cullen to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who protest that ”there was very little evidence” to support the view it was a black day in Australian sport.

  12. Bridget says:

    Wixxy -where are police at with the Kathy Jackson investigation? And where are authorities at with Craig Thomson who has been CHARGED with robbing HSU members blind for years?

  13. Lizzie says:

    I’m thinking if you looked into Little Mr Friendy’s eyes you’d see straight out the other side…..hmmmm

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  15. Len Jones says:

    Terry – February 7 to March 18 is a long time and I for 1 didnt hear the “stop this or someone might die” during that period. But I am not as widely read as you. Upon reading the rest of the Roy Masters article the real reason is apparent – they wanted to get some action on it by other agencies and the sports themselves and more funding for ASADA. Apropos the Cronulla players are still waiting for their interviews …..

    I do note that ASADA is looking for new legal counsel after the NRL raised an issue with the PM. Not sure how that works but well…..

  16. Terry says:

    Len,
    Rugby League has had to live on shoe string budget for the last 15 years to repay the corporate takeover by the Packers and the Murdochs. Now that the NRL gets a fair value for their TV rights since News Ltd gave up 50% ownership, they now have the ability to put officials in place to monitor gambling and drugs.
    A lot of garbage has been quoted by politicians, sports administrators to shockjocks on this subject since John Lawler called a press conference on Feb 7.
    Most of these misinformed fools think that positive test is the only way to get caught. Under ASADA rules, there are 8 anti-doping violations:
    http://www.asada.gov.au/rules_and_violations/8_rule_violations.html
    If that was the case, Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones would never got caught.
    As for interviews, the Cronulla players won’t have to wait long. They were informed on Thursday
    that interviews will start next week:
    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/pressure-goes-on-cronulla-as-asada-investigators-come-calling-20130405-2hc99.html

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