Footy bad boy John Hopoate has defended NRL star Addin Fonua-Blake after being sidelined for calling a referee a ‘retard’.
The retired grandman alleged that the Manly Sea Eagle player had been unfairly targeted and said he would have made similar comments had he been in the same position.
Hopoate also hit the media in a dirty Instagram post on Thursday for what he labeled as a much-publicized takedown on Fonua-Blake.
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NRL bad boy John Hopoate (pictured) has jumped to Addin Fonua-Blake’s defense after being sidelined for calling club official a retard
Hopoate, who was once suspended for 12 weeks for sticking his finger in the butt of opponents during tackles, said he had no problem with Fonua-Blake’s comments
The former footy enforcer and now boxer stance comes as no surprise as he played 150 games for Manly and 31 for their Northern Eagles joint venture in a career where he was suspended for 45 weeks due to a series of bad behaviors.
Hopoate, who was once suspended for 12 weeks for sticking his finger in the butt of opponents during tackles, said he had no problem with Fonua-Blake’s comments.
“All these IDIOTS who go on with what he said wake up because you would probably say the worst,” he said,
The controversial comments were published in a dirty Instagram post on Thursday, where he also hit the media for the much-publicized removal on Fonua-Blake
“I would call the ref an FN RETARD and an FN SPASTIC.”
“Just because Addin has called the ref a retarded doesn’t mean he’s putting down special kids / people.”
Hopoate also compared Fonua-Blake’s outbreak to a separate incident two weeks ago, when Canberra Raiders player Corey Horsburgh put his rude finger at fans.
Television audio clearly picked up Manly Sea Eagles player Addin Fonua-Blake (pictured), calling referee Grant Atkins a ‘f *** ing retard’
“I don’t know what’s the worst (sic), sticking your fingers and swearing at the crowd or calling the ref call Retard … I have no problem with any of them,” he said.
“The media just choose who they want to hammer.”
Addin Fonua-Blake has escaped with a two-game ban for his insults against the referee, but will face further disciplinary action from the NRL board.
The Manly prop is forced to sit down with the league’s interim CEO, Andrew Abdo, as part of the code’s anti-tax policy.
During Zoom’s conference call on Thursday afternoon, he will be asked to explain why he chose to use the colorful language Daily telegram.
The comments were made before Fonua-Blake was taken aback in Sunday’s loss to Newcastle after a controversial last-minute game
He also compared Fonua-Blake’s outbreak to a separate incident two weeks ago, when Canberra Raiders player Corey Horsburgh (pictured) put his rude finger at fans
He will also be asked to volunteer and complete the educational work with people with disabilities as part of his punishment on the comments.
Addin-Fonua Blake had to apologize after the TV audio picked up the Manly Sea Eagles player and called referee Grant Atkins a ‘f *** ing retard.’
The comments were made before he marched out in Sunday’s loss to Newcastle after a controversial last-minute game.
Although initially believed to be a one-off comment, a leaked report later revealed the true magnitude of his abuse.
2 GB Quoted a copy of Mr. Atkins’ official report, revealing that Fonua-Blake also said, “Are your eyes painted on your spastic” when he passed the referee after the game.
The Manly Sea Eagles released a statement saying that Fonua-Blake (pictured with partner Ana Pilimai) was ‘repentant’ and apologized to Mr Atkins
The Manly Sea Eagles released a statement saying that Fonua-Blake was “remorseful” and apologized to Mr. Atkins.
“Referees have a really tough job and we all have to respect their decisions, even if we may disagree,” Fonua-Blake said in the statement.
“I shouldn’t have let my emotions get the better of me and I am very sorry for the comments I made.
“I also want to apologize sincerely to anyone who has been offended by the deplorable language I used. I abandoned myself and my club. That’s not who I am or what this club stands for. ‘
Fonua-Blake was on the side for two games after pleading guilty to a degree-three conflict behavioral attack
Australian Rugby League commissioner Peter V’landys said that Fonua-Blake’s actions were “unforgivable” and that the NRL should deal with the incident seriously.
“As I’ve said many times before, these players need to understand that they are role models. They have a non-negotiable obligation, “Mr. V’landys told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“A young child would have seen that and went to school and abused a child with a backward abuse. That is unbearable for me.
“We don’t handle it lightly. If we do that, we might as well run away as a committee. ‘
Fonua-Blake is likely to miss his return match against North Queensland for refusing a flu shot.
Players are not allowed in the state if they refuse to catch the flu.
But 2GB got a copy of Mr. Atkins’ official report, which showed that Fonua-Blake also said, ‘Are your eyes painted on your spastic’ when he passed the referee after the game