The manly member of staff, Kristie Fulton, who told the club to stay away from the rainbow jersey, has been sacked from her role, saying she was fired because of the ugly 20th round fiasco.
Fulton, the daughter of Sea Eagles legend Bob, was fired Friday and escorted out of her office in tears, four months after telling the board she was not a fan of the pride jersey movement.
CEO Tony Mestrov asked for Fulton at his office around noon, where he immediately terminated his contract.
The former director of elite roads raised concerns a month before the official unveiling of the pride stripe, telling insiders that player opposition could backfire on the design.
Kristie Fulton (2nd from right) has been fired by Manly CEO Tony Mestrov over reports she was a stalker.
The Manly pride jersey has wreaked havoc on the club, but Kristie Fulton says the problem could have been solved, by heat-sealing the pink over the rainbow strips, for the Women’s round of the League.
Fulton participated in a cooperative meeting on June 29, where jersey maker Dynasty had discussions with Manly’s marketing team and interim CEO Gary Wolman.
At the meeting, Fulton says he told the many parties that “the club needs to be careful about making political and social statements and we need to look into this.”
It was his job to understand the beliefs and values of the players, especially Manly’s Polynesian group, as Fulton raised them all the way down to juniors.
Kristie Fulton brushes the casket of Bob Fulton, her late father, during his state funeral in June 2021
When Manly announced that the team would don the pride jersey in Round 20 against the Roosters, seven stars told the club that they would not play due to their religious beliefs.
Fulton says he has urged the club to amend their decision and heat-stamp the color pink over the colors of the rainbow to attribute it to the Women’s round of the League, while steering clear of a political media storm.
Therefore, he proposed that Manly could step forward and apologize for his momentum mistake and work more closely on the management and marketing projects.
The famous Fulton family has many allies in the NRL media, including Fox Sports reporter Paul Kent and the Sea Eagles’ staunch Peter Peters.
Scott Fulton (left), with his mother Anne (centre) and Brett Fulton (right) – the two brothers have key roles at the Manly club.
The decision to fire Kristie could spell trouble for fellow Fulton clan members, with brother Scott in recruiting and Brett, the SG Ball trainer.
Kristie’s nephew Zac Fulton is expected to stay with Manly on a new two-year deal, after making his debut in the pride jersey fiasco during round 20.
CEO Tim Cleary showed Fulton the door in 2017, but was reinstated after filing an unfair dismissal request.
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