In his most outspoken interview since returning to Australia, Gold Coast’s Bird tells magazine Rugby League Week he can see no reason why Newcastle accused Danny Wicks and Chris Houston are not still turning out for the Knights.
The players stood themselves down pending police investigations into drugs charges.
“That is the stance society takes, so why can’t the NRL have exactly the same stance?
“I can’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to play football.
“And I can’t see why I wasn’t allowed to play football either. That was in the past and I can’t do anything about it now, but it was the wrong decision.
“Innocent until proven guilty should be the way to go and while it wasn’t the case for me, hopefully the League can have a look at how they do things.”