The NRL women's adviser Catharine Lumby has said she is "appalled" by the NRL's decision to allow Kieran Foran back into the game by registering his contract with the New Zealand Warriors.
Lumby has also admitted she was close to tears after hearing the report of Foran's behaviour towards the late Rebecca Wilson, just days before her passing.
“Rebecca Wilson was one of the most fearless and most intelligent women who reported on sport. She deserves the highest respect." said Lumby.
“That she was abused and harassed in this manner by a football player is disgraceful. I am appalled that harsher sanctions have not been applied given that there is evidence of this behaviour.
“If the NRL wants to genuinely show leadership, which it has, in relation to the treatment of women and respect to people generally, than it needs to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”
Rebecca Wilson's husband John Hartigan earlier revealed Foran had allegedly abused Wilson through text messages and a phone call in the days leading up to her death.
Hartigan told Fairfax Media: “That abuse caused greater hurt and pain to my wife in the last days of her life.
“It appears the NRL has given him the green light despite his behaviour.
“If they really have standards, for the sake of having a supposed star in the mix, they’ve dropped the flag.”