NRL wants compulsory education, training for players following Ben Barba’s French rugby exit

first_imgThe NRL’s chief executive Todd Greenberg has told the ABC he would like to see the condition form part of the code’s new player pay deal.Players should be doing something in addition to playing football “so they have something to fall back on,” he said.”I would expect that will be a big part of the collective bargaining agreement,” Greenberg said.This week premiership winning Sharks full-back Ben Barba turned his back on rugby league to sign a lucrative deal with French rugby because he was currently unemployed.Key points:NRL wants players to develop off-field career paths through university or trainingFears that portion of players not involved in development programs regularly investigated by integrity unitIssue in focus following Ben Barba’s comments before his exit to French rugbyThe former Dally M winner was caught using cocaine last year during the Shark’s grand final celebrations and subsequently suspended for 12 matches.Despite re-signing with Cronulla, Barba was unable to earn any income from the Sharks because the NRL had not registered his contract.”I am a professional athlete with a set of skills, which I can’t earn a living from in this country and I needed a job,” Barba said in a statement.Ben Barba is one of the players the NRL’s integrity unit has investigated.The Rugby League Players Association’s (RLPA) chief executive Ian Prendergast says the game has a responsibility to help those players.”There is some great work being done in the wellbeing and education space, which is reflected in over 80 per cent of NRL-contacted players being engaged in meaningful career development off-field,” Prendergast said.”The challenge now is to ensure we elevate the respect for this important area under the new CBA and increase the investment in players as people so that they can cope with the demands of being an elite athlete and the issues facing society.”While 80 per cent of NRL players have been involved in off-field career development, the remaining 20 per cent are overwhelmingly the ones playing up — 82 per cent of those players have been investigated by the integrity unit.It’s a worrying statistic that the NRL wants addressed.”Their career in rugby league is relatively short,” Greenberg said.”We want to help them become fitter, faster and better footballers … but we must make them better people, better men, better educated.”We’re doing a lot of that but we still have our issues.”Education is important, but we also need to talk about the transition for players, because players who are finishing their careers and then going into life after football, a lot of them struggle.”So we have to make sure we expose players to what it’s like once their careers are over.”Wests Tigers player Matt Ballin is an example of a player who’s prepared for life after football.He says it could be hard to force players to complete further study on top a full-time playing career, but reckons it’s worth it.”I’ve gone and educated myself, I’m a high school teacher,” Ballin said.”It took me 12 years to do a four-year degree so I can’t see why other people can’t do it.”last_img read more

Harvard Business School Clears Up Blac Chynas Confusion

first_imgYep, Blac Chyna allegedly was never using the cream even though she was pushing the product in Lagos, Nigeria. It was a sad twist considered 77% of women in Nigeria use skin bleaching creams. According to the World Health Organization, chemicals in skin bleaching creams can cause liver damage, reduced resistance to infections, anxiety, depression and psychosis.Chyna clearly has a psychosis even without the cream.SEE ALSO:Meet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s ClothesTrump-Supporting DA Calls ‘Ghetto’ Maxine Waters A ‘Bitch,’ Can’t Believe She Hasn’t Been ShotThis Colin Kaepernick Retweet Says Everything You Need To Know About The NFL Players’ Anthem Grievance Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist Earlier in the week, Blac Chyna, announced she would be attending Harvard Business School. Well, the Ivy League university said that was a hard no for them, which points to more scam-like behavior from the reality TV star whose given name is Angela White.SEE ALSO: Kim Porter, Model And Mother Of Diddy’s Children, Dies“Harvard Business School Online has not admitted nor provided an acceptance letter to a person named Angela White,” the esteemed college said in a statement to TMZ. Blac Chyna’s application was supposedly approved Monday.“Where I’m at now is a stage of realization and growth,” the 30-year-old told TMZ at the time. “I want to be great for myself and my kids. School is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good. I’m excited for the next chapter.”Well, they probably aren’t talking about the good now.The business school program is a 40-hour, 8-week business analytics course aimed to help students develop a data mindset and the analytical skills to interpret and communicate data. TMZ wrote that Blac Chyna was made aware of the program via Christian Emiliano, who refers to himself as Social Media Renaissance Man. His email pitch read, “Our team will complete all the course work for you, all you have to do is take one test (we will provide you the study guide) and then take credit for the program.”TMZ claimed that Blac Chyna’s people “acknowledge they got Christian’s pitch, Chyna never hired him and decided to take the course on her own. Christian confirmed that to us as well.”As of Friday morning, Black Chyna had not responded to Harvard saying she was not accepted.Blac Chyna was involved in other foolishness back in November when she traveled to Africa to promote the offensively titled skin-bleaching cream, “Whitenicious x Blac Chyna Collection.” The alleged toxins cost $250.She had been babbling that she uses the skin cream, but it was later reported that she never once did.“Despite her partnership with Whitenicious by Dencia to roll out her ‘Whitenicious X BlacChyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream,’ she’s never applied it to her own skin. We’re told BC was presented with a business opportunity and offered good money to promote the cream — which goes for $250 per Swarovski crystals-studded jar — so she said yes,” TMZ wrote in November. US-SCHOOL-SHOOTING-PROTEST-POLITICS blac chyna , Harvard , Harvard Business School 95 Photos Of Black People Marching For Our Lives More By NewsOne Staff AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmail A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Familylast_img read more