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NRL clears Cowboys officials over sex-scandal allegations

The man, a truck driver, claims he found a message from the player which was sent to his wife, also a Cowboys employee, about the sexual act, which is alleged to have occurred while returning from an NRL game.

The man later tested positive for benzodiazepine in a workplace drug test. Dr Ball issued a medical certificate for the man’s employer claiming he had personally consulted with the man.

The claims led to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency issuing a provisional caution against Dr Ball, to which he was allowed to respond.

It was the lowest level of sanction from the medical watchdog. It was unclear whether the caution was for providing the drugs without a written prescription, the medical certificate or both.

The NRL said it wrote to the Cowboys’ chief medical officer concerning a regulatory matter outside the scope of the NRL rules, of which it said none were broken.

“The integrity unit conducted a thorough investigation of each and every allegation made, including interviewing all relevant parties and reviewing all available evidence,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.

The NRL has not identified any breaches of the NRL rules arising from the allegations

Andrew Abdo

“A significant issue was whether certain matters engaged the NRL rules or were of a private nature. The NRL has not identified any breaches of the NRL rules arising from the allegations.”

The NRL integrity unit spoke to Parr last month on the eve of the State of Origin series, in which Parr was NSW’s team manager. He finished his commitments with the Blues after Queensland’s stunning series-sealing win at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

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In a statement, the Cowboys said they would “like to express how disappointed we are that several highly regarded and greatly valued members of our club have had to endure widespread and embellished reporting of numerous allegations”.

“Each one, referenced by name or position in media coverage, has provided multiple years of exemplary service and has always carried out their duties to the highest of standards,” Cowboys chairman Lewis Ramsay said.

“The club is pleased that through this investigation the NRL found that there are no grounds for adverse findings against the club, nor its employees or contractors.

“This matter stems from allegations considered personal in nature, as confirmed by the NRL [on Thursday] and contained in separate advice sought by club management some two years ago.

“The context of this matter being personal is particularly important as it relates to the unjust speculation regarding Peter Parr’s motivation in providing assistance. The person whom Peter helped was a long-term friend who, upon his departure from Peter’s personal residence, left a message of thanks for the kindness shown.”

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