Did The Bulldogs Go Too Far In Their Training Punishment Methods?
The Saturday Scrum has unpacked the reported methods Cameron Ciraldo and the Bulldogs used to punish an unnamed player who was late to training, with Brent Read questioning whether the punishment was “too far”.
Read said that while the Bulldogs are a club that “needs an overhaul” in terms of their “intestinal fortitude”, the punishment – which saw the player made to ‘knee-wrestle’ every match-fit teammate – was misguided.
“[Cameron Ciraldo is] trying to build some resilience at the club… and it’s a lot harder than I suspect he or anyone else thought it was,” Read said.
“My issue is whether it went too far in this case, I don’t think you get the best out of people by belittling or embarrassing them, and I think that’s what’s happened here.
“[Ciraldo’s] trying to toughen the place up, he’s basically made a point of saying, ‘if you don’t want to come along for the journey, you won’t be here any longer.