The North Queensland Cowboys today released the following statement regarding the findings of the NRL’s Integrity Unit on a matter that has been the focus of vast media conjecture.
Chairman Lewis Ramsay stated “First and foremost we 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 while the NRL’s Integrity Unit conducted their thorough investigation.
“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.
“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 today 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.”
Ramsay went on to say, “The club’s Director of Football Peter Parr continues to be held in tremendously high regard by the Cowboys, including our Board, Executive team, players and staff. He has contributed enormously to the growth and sustainability of our club over two decades of impeccable service and we look forward to his continued involvement with our club in 2021 and beyond.
“The findings as a result of the rigorous investigation also confirm that our management acted appropriately and in accordance with the NRL’s rules and code of conduct at all times.
In closing, Ramsay said, “The club will continue to respect the privacy of the individuals who are the subject of these allegations. There will be no further action, investigation nor comment by the club regarding this personal matter.”