Tackle Count: James Graham, the happiest man in rugby league

James Graham in his St George Illawarra days. Picture: NRL Imagery/Grant Trouville.
James Graham in his St George Illawarra days. Picture: NRL Imagery/Grant Trouville.

It's difficult to make mention of the NRL right now without making reference to the constabulary or the judicial system.

That's the way it is - and it can't be ignored (which we won't). But first ...

James Graham, the man who inspires strong feeling for many footy fans, has finally won a premiership - and it could not have been more dramatic. If you're unsure how much it meant to him, try this video.

Meanwhile onetime Gold Coast Titan flyer David Mead is on his way back to the NRL from France and if a footy fashion is your go, check out the 2021 NRL jerseys unveiled to date.

On the legal front, Jack de Belin will be retried in Sydney after a Wollongong jury this week was unable to return verdicts to allegations he and a friend raped a 19-year-old woman.

While just up the road in Newcastle former NRL star and NFL wannabe Jarryd Hayne has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent and recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.

And if that's not enough, tomorrow St George Illawarra NRL player Tristan Sailor is due to face Sutherland Local Court charged with aggravated sexual assault after an alleged incident in October.

And even though the case against Canberra Raider Curtis Scott has been finalised, there might just be another chapter to read.

In September, Scott was cleared of seven charges, including two for assaulting a police officer, relating to an which led to his arrest on Australia Day.

Camera footage of that arrest was shown in court. The vision showed Scott being handcuffed, pepper sprayed and then tasered after he'd fallen asleep under a tree in Centennial Park.

If the civil action was successful, experts believe damages would be in the vicinity of six figures.

But therein lies the message, an arrest does not necessarily mean a guilty defendant.

* This edition of Tackle Count was written by Janine Graham.

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