The Bulldogs have not set a possible return date for disgraced duo Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera as the club comes to terms with the teen sex scandal which has rocked their season on the eve of round one.
Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill and coach Dean Pay spoke on Wednesday morning to address the suspension of two of the club’s rising stars, who brought high school girls they met during the club's recent trip to Port Macquarie back to the team hotel for consensual sex.
Jayden Okunbor played 23 games for the Bulldogs last season.Credit:NRL Photos
The Bulldogs, who informed the NRL’s integrity unit of the matter, have sidelined the pair despite the fact no laws were broken.
“Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor have been stood down by the Bulldogs after each was issued a show-cause notice by the NRL as to why they shouldn’t face further disciplinary action for alleged breaches of the game’s code of conduct,” Hill said on Tuesday.
“Both players have been provisionally suspended by the NRL and neither player is available for selection for Thursday night’s NRL season opener against Parramatta.
“The Bulldogs referred the matter to the NRL Integrity Unit after receiving concerning reports of alleged misconduct by the two players. The club also initiated its own internal review.
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