‘It’s so unfair’: Scott defence can’t show crucial vision
Curtis Scott is facing the very real threat of being banned from playing pending his court trial because his lawyer claims NSW police are preventing the NRL from viewing crucial body-cam vision of Scott's Australia Day arrest.
And as Todd Greenberg prepares to decide on Monday if Scott should become the latest player to be sanctioned as part of the NRL's controversial no fault stand down policy, lawyer Danny Eid challenged the NRL: "Don't put the pressure on me, put the pressure on the police."
Despite Scott pleading not guilty to all charges including that he punched and kicked at an officer, the NRL has given Scott's legal team until 5pm on Monday to hand over the vision the NRL has been so far unable to access.
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If the vision is not forthcoming, it is understood Greenberg will make his decision relating to Scott's immediate playing future based on the police charge sheet and Scott's denials.
It is in contrast to Josh Reynolds's recent situation, where Reynolds gave the NRL integrity unit all the evidence they had access to some weeks ago.
That allowed Greenberg to take that into account when deciding to allow Reynolds to continue playing pending his trial.
The NRL on Friday gave Scott and his team an extra three days to produce the video, but that hasn't eventuated.
Eid claims he can't do what the NRL is asking him to do because "the police have told me, in writing, they will not permit" the vision to be passed on.
"I have told the NRL by phone, 'We want you to view it. I would love you to come to my office and sit down with me and view it. But I can't'," Eid said.
"So what can I do? What can Curtis do?
"You want him to breach legislation? It is just crazy. It is not fair."
While Eid said he understood Greenberg's difficult predicament, he argued it was unreasonable to punish Scott based on the fact he does not have the power to show the NRL the video.
"Todd Greenberg is a very decent man," Eid said.
"I have got a lot of respect for him. He is doing a good job.
"But equally we are caught in a very unique situation where the footage we all want the NRL to view is one that the police do not permit and have told us in the interim that they will not permit, and they are seeking advice on that point.
"So we have asked them (the police) to consider that point again, 'will you permit us to release to a third party who is not a legal adviser, either a copy or them to view the footage'? And they have told us they are getting legal advice on it."
Asked if he feared Scott would be stood down regardless, Eid added: "I don't know. If they do it they do it.
"But it is just unfair.
"I know it is a no fault type thing but essentially it is because he hasn't provided the footage.
"But what I am saying to them is how can I when the law says I can't?
"We are caught in the middle and it is unfair for us to be sanctioned because we can't provide that footage.
"Why don't they (the NRL) approach the police?
"If the police say, 'Yeah, we will give it to you', well and good. I am happy for it. Go for it."