there's been a lot of criticisms of Wayne Bennett, but getting over-emotional and giving the media careless soundbites has not been one of them, what on earth would he serve to gain from throwing his medical team under the bus with an outright lie in November? Keeping in mind that the Sharks aren't just arguing that they kept the Broncos well-informed on Bird's injury, but they are adamant still that Bird didn't need surgery, which must be a lie, because if he didn't need surgery, he sure as shit wouldn't be having it, especially given that from all reports he was being earmarked for a forwards role that's probably scratched now, due to his inability to muscle up over the off-season. Here's the direct quotes from Bennett supplied to the courier mail:
“We didn’t get any information from the Sharks (about Bird’s injury), we got it from Jack.
“Jack knew he had a problem with his shoulder and it wasn’t going away. They assured Jack there wasn’t a problem.
“He brought up some scans, the pictures were pretty hard to see. The scans were not of high quality, so we got him re-scanned and it clearly showed up that he needed surgery.
“We all have a duty of care to our players, regardless of whether they are moving on. Their contracts don’t expire until October 31 and until that date, regardless of whether they are staying or going, you have a duty of care to them.”
“We have lost a lot of time which is unsatisfactory,” Bennett said.
“If this had all been diagnosed and sorted out correctly, Jack would have been right to start the season.
“Opportunities have been missed. We’re now a long way behind with Jack’s rehabilitation.”
i notice in the Sharks media release, they said that they 'discussed' the injury with the Broncos, not that they sat down and went through everything... discussing something could be as simple as:
Broncos: Hey lads, whats the go with Birdy's shoulder?
Sharks: oh believe us, we've taken all the necessary steps, done the x-rays, consulted with our doctors and with a bit of rehab, he'll be right as rain.
B: that's great to hear, well as medical professionals we trust that your taking your duty of care seriously, so keep up the good work!
But shit, that's the fun of speculating from the outside without any inside knowledge, maybe the Sharks are telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, maybe they ignored their duty of care to an outgoing player or maybe they are just outright incompetent... by the same token, Bennett might just be blowing off some steam, uncharacteristic as that may be, maybe the Broncos were as incompetent as the Sharks in identifying a problem before it was too late, or maybe they're incompetent enough to put themselves out of pocket for a surgery that wasn't required on a player who had a pretty important pre-season ahead of him... Hell, maybe Bird did some stupid shit in between the time he left the Sharks and joined the Broncos, fucked his shoulder up again and he's playing both sides for fools... we may never know.