Kennedy gives critics drop-kick

BROTHERS president Jack Kennedy yesterday hit back against allegations his actions last week brought rugby league in Rockhampton into disrepute.

Mr Kennedy has been cited to appear before a QRL central di- vision hearing next week after a complaint was lodged by the Central Comets about Mr Ken- nedy's handling of an incident involving three of its players.

The three players were found guilty by the Comets of breach- ing the club's code of conduct for their public behaviour at Brothers' home ground, Victoria Park. The Comets have not re- vealed what punishment was handed out.

"I have at all times endea- voured to uphold the principles of the ARL's national code of conduct,'' Mr Kennedy said yesterday.

"I have been the victim of abuse and anger because of my actions in trying to protect the rugby league and wider commu- nity by upholding these stan- dards and attempting to eject a number of Comets players who, in my opinion, were affected by alcohol and behaving in a man- ner that was clearly inconsis- tent with the code.

"I am and at all times have been eager to present evidence and appear as a witness to as- sist the Comets and QRL inqui- ries into the incident, but have been refused that opportunity.'' He said he would defend his actions and if needs be, any sub- sequent charges that might arise.

Yesterday, QRL central divi- sion manager Rex Zeeman was not willing to talk about the is- sue, other than to say no charges had been laid against Mr Kennedy.

"(This) is not a matter for the public ...,'' Mr Zeeman said.

Comets chief executive Jamie Boon did not return The Morn- ing Bulletin's calls yesterday.

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