Home Sport News Manly star reveals he is copped ‘coconut’ racial abuse, Greyhounds NSW contractor sacked over Mam remark

Manly star reveals he is copped ‘coconut’ racial abuse, Greyhounds NSW contractor sacked over Mam remark

Manly star reveals he is copped ‘coconut’ racial abuse, Greyhounds NSW contractor sacked over Mam remark


After Roosters prop Spencer Leniu claimed on the judiciary that gamers of color in NRL squads are usually known as one another names together with “blacky”, “monkey” and “black c—“, Manly star Haumole Olakau’atu has voiced his help for the banned Samoan worldwide.

Leniu admitted on Monday evening he informed Mam to “f— up you monkey” throughout a verbal stoush within the Las Vegas season-opening double-header in opposition to Brisbane.

Throughout a 90-minute listening to, Leniu stated he thought he was “one brown man saying one thing to a different brown man” and didn’t realise the racial connotations of the remark.

Olakau’atu has backed up Leniu by saying such discuss is frequent place within the NRL whereas saying he thought the previous Panther mustn’t have copped a prolonged suspension for the Mam incident regardless of the likes of Latrell Mitchell and Johnathan Thurston saying he ought to have been banned for 12 weeks.

“We do use these phrases for banter, and for amusing. We don’t use it for anything or have any feelings behind it,” the Tongan worldwide informed reporters on Tuesday.

“We’ve been known as the whole lot rising up. Us Polynesians have it robust rising up. Was the eight weeks too lengthy? For me, personally, sure. It was method too lengthy. On the finish of the day he apologised, proper? He bought charged. That’s it.

“4 weeks would have been greater than sufficient. You don’t know what’s going via his head now.

“Spencer stated what he stated, he didn’t imply it, and I imagine him. I can see the place he’s coming from [in his belief that terms were not racist]. We do know among the historical past of the Aboriginals on this land. For him to say that phrase, I didn’t suppose it was that massive of a factor till it occurred.”

Olakau’atu, like Leniu on the listening to, stated he was unaware of former Sydney Swans AFL star Adam Goodes’ expertise in coping with racism a decade in the past when the Indigenous participant was known as an “ape” by a Collingwood spectator.

“I used to be even known as coconut rising up at school. I bought used to it. To me they’re simply phrases now,” the Manly ahead stated.

(Photograph by Brendon Thorne/Getty Pictures)

Greyhounds NSW fireplace contractor over Mam remark

Greyhounds NSW has fired the individual liable for a form-guide word that stated punters might “go bananas” over a canine named in honour of Ezra Mam, the Indigenous NRL star known as a “monkey” by a rival participant.

Sydney Roosters prop Spencer Leniu was handed an eight-game ban by the NRL on Monday for guiding the slur at Brisbane five-eighth Mam through the sides’ round-one conflict in Las Vegas.

The incident has forged an extended shadow over the game’s foray into the US market and the beginning of the 2024 season.

On the identical evening as Leniu confronted the NRL judiciary, Greyhounds NSW was compelled to concern an apology after the incident was mocked within the on-line type information for a race in Maitland.

“Go Bananas! Let’s see IF we will get some optimistic Headlines, tonight?” learn the notes for the runner Ezra Man, adopted by descriptions of the canine’s current type.

The remark was later faraway from Greyhounds NSW’s web site however the change didn’t move via to the web sites of the organisation’s wagering companions.

The organisation (GRNSW) confirmed the contractor liable for the remark had been dismissed.

The organisation’s chief govt Robert Macaulay has reached out to Mam and his household to apologise immediately, a spokesperson stated.

“GRNSW is appalled by what was printed, and apologises unreservedly for the remark, and the misery it has triggered,” an announcement from Greyhounds NSW learn.

“GRNSW additionally apologises unreservedly to its companions who had been unwittingly and thru no fault of their very own, caught up within the incident.

“GRNSW is not going to tolerate this sort of behaviour and acceptable motion has been taken.”

The shape information from Greyhounds NSW’s web sites syndicates to these of betting businesses, which had been unable to take away the content material from their very own channels.

Sportsbet deserted betting on the race after the criticism was dropped at its consideration through social media on Monday evening.

The organisation has since been involved with the NRL to verify it had not been liable for the remark, which appeared on its web site and app.

with AAP



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