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Wests Tigers chairman’s extraordinary spray at a 50-year fan of the club and podcaster

The Wests Tigers chairman’s extraordinary spray on a 50-year-old club fan and podcaster as one of the troubled outfit’s stars, Luke Brooks, faces a career drop for the first time

  • Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis calls long-term supporter ‘disgraceful’
  • Followed Tigers fan Rob Bechara inviting the chairman to chat on his fan podcast
  • On the pitch, Tigers were also in turmoil, with just three wins so far in the 2022 NRL season
  • Halfback Luke Brooks Gets Dropped After a String of Subpar performances

Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has delivered a ferocious spray to a fan and passionate podcaster, labeling the 50-year-old supporter as “outrageous, hypocritical and intimidating.”

A stoked Hagipantelis sent Tigers tragic Rob Bechara – who co-hosts the popular Westslife podcast – a very aggressive text, stating: “The venom you spew your abuse with is disturbing, if not outrageous.”

It came after Bechara, who has long been vocal in his criticism of the joint venture outfit, invited Hagipantelis to give the right of reply as to why the club is apparently in free fall.

The Tigers chairman was in no mood to talk to Bechara, who claims his podcast is attracting 3,000 downloads a week.

“What could convince me to go on your podcast, given the vitriol and abuse you’ve been targeting the Wests Tigers in general, but individuals within the organization in particular?” Hagipantelis wrote in a long-winded text message.

Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has delivered an age-old spray to a fan and passionate podcaster, calling the 50-year-old supporter

Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has delivered an age-old spray to a fan and passionate podcaster, calling the 50-year-old supporter “outrageous and intimidating.”

Tigers supporter Rob Bechara, who runs a popular club podcast, shared a lengthy text message from Lee Hagipantelis on his Twitter page after offering the chairman the right of reply over the NRL club's declining fortunes

Tigers supporter Rob Bechara, who runs a popular club podcast, shared a lengthy text message from Lee Hagipantelis on his Twitter page after offering the chairman the right of reply over the NRL club’s declining fortunes

It’s hard to understand how you call yourself a fan of the club. You do nothing but criticize. I’ve never seen you post anything positive about the club.

“We are not immune to legitimate criticism. But the poison you spew your abuse with is disturbing, if not outrageous.’

Hagipantelis wasn’t ready yet and called out Bechara for not being a paying club member.

“I appreciate those who are willing to commit financially to the club, like me,” the text continued.

“As for your kind invitation to appear on your podcast, I decline so that you can comfortably continue venting your spleen, which clearly appeases your need to be relevant.

“You’re absolutely entitled to your opinion, but it doesn’t matter at all. It could be if you had even committed to joining and putting your money where your mouth is. You don’t even do that.’

Bechara wasn’t intimidated by Hagipantelis’ choice words, who called the text message “pretty derogatory” before stating that we (the fans) are “acting like the opposition trying to control these guys (the Tigers board).” .. and that ‘we should (always) be on the same page’.

Bechara brushed off the criticism, asking why fed up Wests Tigers fans should accept continued mediocrity?

Bechara brushed off the criticism, asking why fed up Wests Tigers fans should accept continued mediocrity?

On the pitch, the Tigers are also a mess, with Luke Brooks set to be dropped for the first time in his NRL career ahead of the Round 16 clash against the Warriors due to poor form

On the pitch, the Tigers are also a mess, with Luke Brooks set to be dropped for the first time in his NRL career ahead of the Round 16 clash against the Warriors due to poor form

It’s just the latest drama to engulf the struggling NRL club, and it comes as halfback Luke Brooks will be dropped for the first time in his 185-match career.

Interim coach Brett Kimmorley is set to half-select Adam Doueihi and Jackson Hastings for the Round 16 clash against the Warriors in Auckland on July 3.

Brooks, who made his first-class debut in 2013, will be playing NSW Cup with Western Suburbs in an effort to gain some much-needed confidence in his game.

The Tigers – and their long-suffering supporters – have had another season to soon forget.

Again they will not be playing a footy final as they have only won three matches in 15 rounds this year.

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