THE NRL has asked the Parramatta Eels for an explanation after enigmatic halfback Chris Sandow dropped the c-bomb on social media in a move that could see the No.7’s contract torn up.
Sandow’s future at the Eels was at the crossroads on Saturday night after the NRL confirmed Parramatta was facing a code of conduct breach notice for an expletive-laden rant from the unwanted halfback.
The Facebook tirade came after Eels coach Brad Arthur went on Triple M’s Saturday NRL program and confirmed Sandow was free to join English Super League club Warrington.
Sandow’s post read: “I’m sick of these big mouth c**** down here they think I’m one on my own should we run a muck or what I’m over the bullsh**.
It was posted at 1.18pm and then deleted around 10 minutes later.
It also emerged in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday that some of Sandow’s Eels teammates were so furious with his performance against Canterbury-Bankstown last Friday night they refused to acknowledge him inside the dressing rooms at ANZ Stadium.
The NRL told The Sunday Telegraph: “We will be writing to the Parramatta club to seek an explanation.”
The Eels were checking whether the post would count as a breach of Sandow’s contract, meaning the blue and gold outfit could tear up Sandow’s contract with no strings attached.
“The club is aware of the social media post and we will investigate as per our normal process,” an Eels spokesman said.
Earlier on Saturday, Parramatta coach Arthur told Triple M’s Saturday NRL program Sandow was free to leave for Warrington but the Eels were refusing to pay his contract out in full.
The catch was the Eels were only prepared to pay one month’s wages as a parting severance — not the $100,000 remainder of his contract his management was demanding.
“Chris has asked for a release and I’ve got to do what I think is best for the team and the club,” Arthur said.
“And that’s not releasing Chris and still staying on our books to get paid. We’re not going to be granting Chris a release if we have to continue to pay him.
“If Chris doesn’t want to play here it just seems pointless.
Dual international Wendell Sailor then asked: “So BA if Chrissy is happy to go and not be paid out then you’d be happy to let him go?
r responded: “Yep.”
Another sticking point on Sandow being knocked back for an immediate release from the Parramatta Eels is a partially unpaid $150,000 third-party deal with Eddie Obeid jnr.
The Eels halfback and his management remain frustrated a verbally-agreed third party deal with Obeid jnr remains only part paid, meaning Sandow is out of pocket.
The Sunday Telegraph can also reveal the reason Obeid jnr has refused to pay the balance of the money is due to the way the Eels halfback personally telephone and demanded the third-party deal be honoured.
The Eels have been told Sandow has become increasingly agitated in the way Obeid jnr is approached, leading to a fallout between the pair.
If the Eels did agree to honour Sandow-Obeid third-party deal, the club would need to draw up the correct paperwork and lodge it officially with the NRL.
This would in turn have a domino effect of pushing the Eels over the salary cap again for next season, meaning the club could face the prospect of beginning 2016 on minus four points.
English Super League club Warrington are prepared to sign Sandow but need the halfback to be available before the UK cut-off of July 25.