'Bad on every level': Male star slams for supporting convicted co-star amid 'gang wars'

‘Bad on every level’: Male star slams for supporting convicted co-star amid ‘gang wars’

Paul Kent killed Haumole Olakau’atu and other Manly players for promoting gang violence with the support of convicted teammate Manase Faina.

Olakau’atu used the try celebration against the Titans as a platform to support Fain, who was convicted of stabbing a man at a church dance using his postcode.

“What’s disappointing about it and I believe the integrity unit will look at it and I believe Andrew Abdo has talked about it,” Kent said on NRL 360.

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“What he’s done here is six one, which I believe is the Guildford postcode, which is related to where Manase Fainu is from. Then he put his wrists together like handcuffs, all of which supports Manas Faina.

“Is it a protest or is it an endorsement because just a few weeks ago we were here on this show and in particular I was defending the values ​​of Olakau’atu and a few other players at this club for their stance on the Pride Jersey.”

“I said whether you like it or not, they follow the Christian faith and they defend that faith.

“A fortnight later they are now coming out in support of a guy who has just been convicted of stabbing a guy with intent, basically grievous bodily harm.

“You can’t have it both ways with these guys.

Kent warned of the damaging effects such displays of support for the postcode wars could have, especially when so many players are trying to suppress the effects of gang violence in the game.


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Haumole Olakau’atu was involved in a try celebration in support of convicted teammate Manase Faina.Source: Supplied

“Postcode gang wars in Sydney are literally costing lives at the moment,” Kent said.

“There was a stabbing at the Easter show earlier this year.

“The police got involved with the players, particularly from Penrith and Parramatta.

“Jarome Luai, Brian To’o, Nathan Cleary and Junior Paulo have all been exceptional in their time with the program.

“Fonua-Blake did the same thing (as Olakau’atu) and whether these guys realize it or not, they’re contributing to the problem.”

“Having some kind of social sensibility in the game that they tried to show a few weeks ago, whether you agree with it or not, and we’re going to come out and support their right to their own beliefs.

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“Here they are a fortnight later in support of a guy who’s about to go to jail for stabbing a guy in a fight that was born out of a gang fight based on these postcodes.”

Paul Crawley believes the NRL must act in an effort to stamp it out quickly.

“They’re using the NRL and the Fox League as a stage to show their support and that’s where it’s wrong,” Crawley said.

“That’s where the game has to be tough.

“At the beginning of this year we had a lot of problems in the junior national team matches. There is a concern that there is a gang culture in some clubs and Manly is one of them and you have to stamp that out.

“If the club doesn’t want to be tough, let the match be tough.

“The game needs to draw a line in the sand and say this is simply not acceptable.”

The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio believes the latest development will only add to the fractures in the Manly dressing room in the wake of the Pride Jersey saga.

Manase Fainu was convicted of stabbing a man at a church dance.Source: News Corp Australia

“The NSWRL canceled junior games earlier this year due to concerns about gang violence developing at these venues,” Riccio said.

“This just sends it back. No doubt the NRL integrity department will look into it.

“And I keep hearing that it’s leading to more fractures within the Manly group.

Kent believes the NRL needs to sanction the players involved to deal with the issue and punish the players for their actions.

“The NRL needs to step in because the more they just sit back and let it marinate in the game, the harder it will be to get rid of it,” Kent said.

“What kind of game allows itself to be tied to gang wars? It’s just wrong on every level.

“These guys are waiving any right to sympathy and sympathy from a fortnight ago for what they just did at the weekend. It’s just so stupid.”

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