HYPOCRITES VS ANDREW FIFITA
AS A DEDICATED SHARKS SUPPORTER
for nearly 40 years, I must take issue surrounding Andrew Fifita’s support of a killer.
Yes, he was a fool to do it so publicly with “FKL” written on his forearm. Even further, I can personally never condone in any way the actions of the person Andrew supports. But — and it is a big but — I have concerns with the double standards existing within the NRL.
One of the selection committee, coach Mal Meninga, refused to select Fifita for the Kangaroos team on the grounds of promoting a new and positive culture, yet he also found himself in a similar situation many years ago. Meninga never hesitated to show his support for his brother, a convicted murderer. Further to this, Meninga wrote a letter of support for him.
My question is this: where do you draw the line between offering support to convicted criminals and being seen as a hypocrite with double standards?
What has Andrew actually done that’s illegal? Your founding editor, Geoff Prenter, asked exactly this in his article published in
RLW last year. If we are to persecute/prosecute anyone in society, players or not, by all means do so with all the might of the law towards the actual criminal. I do find it strange, however, that various players found guilty of all sorts of offences are not seen to be bringing the game into disrepute. Further, if they spend the mandatory four weeks in rehab they’re then seen as cleanskins, yet the person doing the supporting is forever crucified.
BRETT KEMPSTER, PARA VISTA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA