Sport

Henry outraged as Cowboys name is dragged through mud

North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry.
North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry. Ian Hitchcock / Getty Images

THE Cowboys could consider a defamation case after being named as one of six clubs in an Australian Crime Commission anti-doping report.

It emerged yesterday that North Queensland became the subject of anti-doping investigators, but only for one or more players' experiences at another team, before joining the Townsville-based club.

No Cowboys players or support officials have been interviewed by anti-drug personnel.

This has angered coach Neil Henry, speaking out after believing his club's name has been unfairly tarnished.

"The way the whole thing's been handled is a disgrace," he said.

"To me, I think it's embarrassing for the NRL to come out and to mention that there are six teams.

"We're forced into a situation to defend ourselves against something we don't even know about."

Henry said the Cowboys would let the investigation play its due course and co-operate with it, but could consider taking further action at the lack of evidence presented against his club.

"The damage that it's done so far, who knows," he said.

"I don't know, I'm a bush lawyer, is there defamation there?

"We're all for no drugs in sport.

"We've always toed that line, and we're all for an open approach to all of this.

"But the way it's transpired and the way it's come out has been poorly handled."

Henry said because he felt the Cowboys' brand had been damaged already, his players were finding it hard to focus on their football.

"I suppose there was a bit of disbelief about the whole thing and it was laughed off as 'what's going on?'" he said.

"But there is a little bit of anger there with the fact that we've been lumped in, in some sort of way, without any evidence.

"They're getting asked questions that they shouldn't be getting asked."

Knights coach Wayne Bennett said he couldn't find anything to confess to on Tuesday, with Newcastle being one of the six clubs named.

Henry, too, cannot find a reason to come forward and admit to witnessing any untoward behaviour at his club.

"There's been nothing - we've got no information to say that we've in any way done anything with performance-enhancing drugs at this club," he said.

"There's been no shred of evidence so far.

"(High performance manager) Paul Bowman, our players, our fans, we're a community-owned club.

"It's just wrong. It's farcical."
 

Topics:  acc, defamation, drugs, neil henry, north queensland cowboys, nrl, rugby league




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Teenager's motocross dreams ruined

No Caption

Thieves ruin teenager's birthday

Pisasale ridicules the ABC’s accusations

Mayor Paul Pisasale has hit back at claims made by the ABC.

Mayor accusses ABC journalist of smear campaign.

AG to meet with murdered teen's family

Linda Mason outside Toowoomba Courthouse after hearing that Queensland Attorney General Yvette D'Ath would meet with the Mason family regarding denying a second coronial inquest into the murder of Linda's sister Annette Mason.

Attorney General agrees to meet with murdered teen's family

Latest deals and offers

Silkstone development begins

An artist impression of what the shopping and housing complex at Silkstone will look like once it's completed in 2017.

By the end of next year, the former Bremer State High School site will become home...

I love Inala

Residents of Inala don't want SBS's Struggle Street to be filmed in their suburb as they feel it will be portrayed negatively and they are proud of their community.

Residents are standing in unity to tell us why they love Inala.

The 2016 Boonah Show

A peek at the fun on offer at this years Boonah Show.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked