Andrew Johns has questioned Corey Norman’s state of mind after the former NRL star raised his hand on an opponent’s back during a Super League game.
Norman’s professional rugby league career could be over after the Toulouse Olympique playmaker was banned for eight games and fined over $800.
That was the punishment meted out to the former Broncos, Eels and Five-Eighth Dragons for bringing back the antics made infamous by John Hopoate in Toulouse’s loss to the Warrington Wolves last week.
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Norman pleaded not guilty but the court was “fully satisfied” that he intentionally placed a hand between an opposing player’s buttocks.
“Dude, where is your head?” Johns said on Wide World of Sports ‘ Freddy and the eighth.
“If you’re considering doing this, do you think you care what you do on the pitch?”
Norman’s disturbing move was a throwback to Hopoate’s suspicious behavior on the pitch in Wests Tigers colours.
He was banned for 12 games after inserting a finger in the back of three Cowboys players during a game in 2001.
Brad Fittler said what Norman did was “ridiculous” but he’s not convinced it warranted an eight-match ban.
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“I’d rather that than a broken jaw,” Fittler said.
“Like, eight weeks. Is it long?
Freddy and the eighth presenter Mat Thompson chimed in.
“Without trying to be one of those wowzers, that’s sexual assault,” Thompson said.
“If you did it on the street, you would end up in jail.”
Johns shook his head.
“It’s just not on…what are you thinking?”
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