In a classic media beat-up, various outlets are reporting that Blues players Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson were “busted drinking just days before New South Wales lost Origin 3“.
Without wanting to let the facts get in the way of a good story, allow us to fill in the gaps, as per an AAP report.
For a start, the “incident” (and we’re using the term loosely) occurred the Friday before the match, some five days before the match.
Secondly, the players were on their day off at the time, and free to spend it however they wish.
Thirdly, there are no reports of misbehavior, and the players met all their commitments during the Origin week.
So, who gives a toss? This is one of the all-time non-stories, and the only thing more ridiculous than the fact it’s being passed off as a scandal in the first place, is the fact that NSWRL Dave Trodden has indicated he’ll be investigating it further.
And that’s about as much oxygen as we want to give that “story”. Pass.