Peter Beattie faces flack over Jack de Belin decision

Outspoken ARL commission chairman Peter Beattie is digging in his heels over the game's decision to stand down Jack de Belin as speculation about his future begins to simmer.

Beattie is facing a push back from the Rugby League Players Association, St George Illawarra and de Belin's lawyers after the Dragons star was on Thursday stood down indefinitely following the independent commission's unanimous vote to change its player behaviour policy.

The former Queensland premier and self-confessed "media tart" has been accused of prejudicing de Belin's case as he fights a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Beattie has tirelessly done the media rounds over the last few weeks to make the case for a shift in policy.

Some in de Belin's camp are frustrated at the campaign which he has orchestrated, questioning whether it has impeded the NSW Origin lock's right to a presumption of innocence.

"I see that sort of nonsense discussion. As chairman of the game and all my commissioners here, we are responsible for drafting policy," Beattie said.

"For us to run away from the public debate and hide, it would have been an act of cowardice.

"I'm a lawyer. I was very careful of what I said in relation to all the players.

"But if you are chairman of the ARLC you have a responsibility to not just consult with the clubs and players, but to take the fans with you."

Beattie, 66, last week celebrated his first year in the job but already questions about his future are being raised.

He has stated he doesn't intend to be in the role for six years, like predecessor John Grant, but disputed that he had plans to stand aside.

"I see rumours about my immediate demise, but I'm used to those. I was in politics, you've got to remember," Beattie said.

"I'll be around for a while. I'm around for as long as these commissioners want me.

"I believe in succession. You've got three commissioners (Peter V'Landys, Amanda Laing and Mark Coyne) and people sitting here who could be chairs of this organisation like that."

RLPA chief executive Ian Prendergast expressed his disappointment at Beattie's commentary on the matter.

"We understood coming out of the CEOs meeting in Melbourne that we'd all refrain from debating this issue publicly given how sensitive it is," Prendergast said.

"It is before the courts. However that hasn't occurred, that has frustrated us and Jack's legal team."