If It Wasn't So Funny...
Let's look at it objectively, and this is what amazes me. According to both the AFL, and Rucci for that matter, if you're a player and you bet on a football game you can get banned for life and a $100,000 fine.
However an AFL footballer can do any of the following without any fear of censure from the either the AFL or Rucci (remembering that both a current and a former Port player was accused of the first offence, something Rucci will deny until he dies):
Rape (including covering it up with pay-offs)
Serious sexual assault
Serious physical assault (including placing people into comas and giving them permanent brain damage)
Beating people up waiting for a taxi
Domestic violence (including threatening your partner with knives and/or guns)
Avoid the police while under the influence of drugs/alcohol (ie: dumping your car and running from a booze bus)
Take illegal drugs
Drive without a license, drunk and crash several cars (and avoiding police)
Have direct links to bikie gangs
Break and enter
Knowingly sell stolen goods
Amongst other offences.
There's a host of players currently playing today who've committed those offences - a quick Google search on any of those descriptions and the words 'AFL player' will bring up the names. The AFL have never punished them - indeed they've rewarded some of them - however, thanks to Rucci's charge, they want to hang Goodwin out to dry. I wonder if Rucci would be so persistent in his pursuit if the player who gambled was a Port player? Of course not. After all he considers the alleged rapist to be a damn good player and a close chum. That's bias for you.
And the AFL wonder why it's considered to be a joke.