In light of recent player misbehaviours that have plagued the NRL during the COVID-19 epidemic, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy reportedly went on a tirade during a video meeting with his players, effectively banning footy related social media posts.
Headlines surrounding the code's stars disregarding current social distancing regulations has forced Melbourne boss Craig Bellamy to voice his concern.
Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr found himself splashed across news outlets throughout the country following his camping trip with fellow league players Latrell Mitchell and Tyronne Roberts-Davis.
“There’s a few of you guys who are out of control with social media,” Bellamy said to his team.
“When you are back Monday, it’s banned.”
The legendary coach stated that all Storm players are not able to post anything related to footy, though it was noted that personal content is still acceptable.
Yet as the NRL firms to be the first professional sport back onto the field, protecting the game's image as well as the teams would still be the main priority for Bellamy.
Addo-Carr, in particular, has put his representative career on ice after catching the ire of Australia Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and NSW Blues boss Brad Fittler.
"We've got a values system that is really important, for how we do things," Meninga said on Fox League.
"One of those things is about being good role models. When you put on the green and gold jersey, you accept that responsibility to be a leader in our game and in the community.
"They have shown they can't be trusted, for me, it makes me look at whether they are deserving of a green and gold jersey."
Addo-Carr alongside Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell were handed $50,000 fines by the NRL - 60 per cent suspended.
Tyronne Roberts-Davis and Nathan Cleary were handed $10,000 fines - also 60 per cent suspended.
Whilst all four were handed suspended one-match bans.