Slide of the league: How the Rabbitohs descended into turmoil

Looks can be deceiving, though. The rugby league news cycle is predictable in its unpredictability. You never know what soap opera is about to unfold, but of late it has been a revolving door of events.

It would be difficult to make up some of the headlines that have come out of St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers and Canterbury in recent years.

Throw in the Manly civil war sparked by a rainbow jersey, countless mad Monday moments and you pretty well have the A-Z of rugby league scandals covered for the best part of the past decade.

It’s why when South Sydney erupted earlier this week, the rugby league media flocked to the club’s shiny, new centre of excellence in Maroubra like seagulls to a chip.

The Herald’s revelations earlier that week that Burgess believed the club was pandering to Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker to the detriment of the team’s premiership hopes brought the issue to a head.

The Rabbitohs are no strangers to the NRL soap opera, receiving their fair share of negative headlines both on and off the field during the past few decades.

But it has been years since they have had such a public display of conflict. It’s probably why no one thought to build an underground car park to make for an easy escape on days such as Wednesday, when Burgess and chairman Nick Pappas had to leave out the front doors through a media scrum to find their way to vehicles in the nearby car park.

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