since long before the local rugby league team went National and made stars of the Johns brothers, yet I’ve heard enough stories over the years about them that nothing crass, selfish, dangerous, destructive or insensitive that either of them could ever do will ever surprise me. They are, quite literally, infamous and have been so locally for nearly 20 years.
So why on earth are people saying that Timana Tahu could/should just have confronted Johns at the time of his racist comments on the field instead of taking it to the papers, as if there was ever any reasonable expectation that Andrew Johns would take a challenge to his authority as coach at all seriously or respectfully if it was kept on-field only? Teammates are now coming forward with regrets that they didn’t stand up for Tahu and say something to Johns themselves at the time, but it was probably for exactly the same reason – expecting that Johns would most likely just be dismissive and mocking about any such in-house complaints.
The Johns brothers only ever say “the right things” about their bad behaviour on the rare occasions when they get criticised for an incident in the media. I don’t think that’s anywhere near good enough.