I’ll start by stating that if the story that Vunivalu was attacked inside the club, and Asofa-Solomona was simply retaliating in self-defence for himself and his teammate, that he should not face a ban or a fine, instead he should be commended.
If that was me in the club, I’d give my left nut to have someone like Asofa-Solomona looking out for me. I also hope I would have both my nuts to act like he did if I ever found myself in the same situation, as I’m about as useful in a fight as the Titans are winning games.
But unfortunately this is a no-win situation for all involved.
If the NRL were to take the side of the public and not fine or suspend Asofa-Solomona (Highly unlikely), then fans will called them bias, say that they are “favouring the Storm once again”.
The media will blast them. It will give them ammo for weeks to talk the game down for not taking action. Say it will cost them sponsorship dollars, which will tie into their campaign of trying to reduce the value of the next rights deal.
If they fine him, suspend him, or both (Highly possible) then this isn’t fair to Asofa-Solomona but similarly to Dylan Napa earlier this year, it will be the option they go for. The NRL again would be blasted by fans and media as they are taking action against someone who would do what most would in that situation.
So what happens going forward? No matter what we are still going to have cowards provoking players when they see them out. And no matter what the player does it won’t turn out good for them, or the game.
I just hope this begins a discussion with the right people on how we can work towards this never happening again, as I would hate to see an outcome where we are having a totally different discussion.