Willie Mason: NRL star’s video ‘made me sick’
Rugby league great Willie Mason has called for footy players with a history of violence against women to be banned from professional sport for life.
Speaking on ABC's You Can't Ask That, Mason also revealed he had witnessed a video of a fellow footy player's disgusting act that "made him sick".
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In the popular program, several former NRL and AFL stars addressed a series of controversial and confronting topics within professional sport.
Among the group was Ian Roberts, Todd Carney, Dean Widders, Jude Bolton, Brock McLean, Dan Jackson and Mason.
After discussing mental health and racism in the sport, one question got Mason more fired up than anything else in the program - "Why do so many of you treat women like s***?"
"How do so many ... that's bulls***," he said after reading the card.
"There's over 1000 people that play this game. You're talking about five people."
Mason then recalled the abhorrent video of an NRL player dehumanising a woman, suggesting it was unfair that Carney's career was destroyed by the infamous urinating clip.
"That guy who filmed that girl, putting his foot on her head, spitting on her," Mason said.
"The disrespect I saw in that video made me sick and I see some pieces of s*** playing our game right now.
"Todd Carney, on the other hand, just p***ed his own mouth and got his contract ripped up, and I don't think that's fair.
"I just don't think the repercussions are big enough."
Mason also argued any players convicted of domestic violence should be banned from professional sport for life
"If you do anything like that you're sacked," he said.
"Not have six months off and you're welcomed back in the back door and playing NRL. No, you're done.
"If you were like that and in a club and you said something to a woman that I didn't like, then I would call them a f***wit."
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Former Parramatta Eels star Dean Widders echoed Mason's comments: "If you hit a woman and stuff like that, well, there should be a black mark through your name straightaway.
"There's a lot of times where people will accept things because a person can throw or kick a football better than someone else.
"And I think we've got to look past those achievements in the sporting arena and look at the behaviour of some of the people and just go, 'Well, that's not acceptable'."
Mason played 290 NRL games and 24 Test matches during a stellar 16-year career. He won a premiership with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2004, claiming the Clive Churchill Medal in the grand final.
Originally published as Mason: NRL star's video 'made me sick'