HYP­OCRITES VS AN­DREW FI­FITA

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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

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