They weren't sanctioned for destroying the trophy. The media try to spin it so it looks like that's the case with their headlinesIt was a reference to the fella who suggested it was all ok and not an issue cos the players pulled it apart with a spanner, lad.
Anyway, it clearly wasn't even the players. Which is why they've been sanctioned for it.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/ty...g-stood-down-by-panthers-20211019-p591ag.html“The Notice alleges the Premiership Trophy was damaged at a Club Awards night and although not personally responsible for the damage, the players subsequently treated the Trophy in a manner which showed disrespect towards the individuals depicted in the iconic moment memorialised on the Trophy,” the NRL said in a statement.
Because they had to be punished for something once the NRL discovered they didn't actually break the trophy themselves. Nevermind the media running the same recycled claims they destroyed it for a week and then going all quiet until they had something negative to post again.
Funnily enough when Brandon Smith and Melbourne Storm were treating the trophy the same way 12 months ago the media loved it and everyone thought they were awesome for it. The media spin the stories how they want and the NRL react.