Rugby league star Krisnan Inu has offered up a groveling apology after being reprimanded by his club for publicly supporting convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne in a ‘despicable’ social media post.
The outside back, 34, who played with the disgraced athlete at the Parramatta Eels, has been banned from the field for two months and hit with a fine equivalent to four weeks wages.
During his time on the sideline, he will also be forced to undergo a sensitivity awareness program.
Rugby league star Krisnan Inu (left) has offered up a grovelling apology after being reprimanded by his club for publicly supporting convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne (right) in a ‘despicable’ social media post
Inu, who now plays for the English Super League’s Salford Red Devils, posted in an Instagram story that ‘justice was not served’ after Hayne, 33, was sentenced to five years and nine months jail in May for sexually assaulting a woman on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final at her home in Newcastle.
‘To the so-called victim. Hope you actually get the help you need, because the things that were said about my boy, wasn’t what he’s about. Never has, never will be,’ the New Zealand representative wrote.
‘I’m praying for you my Uso. Keep your faith strong like it has been, and let your loved ones come together to help look after your family. Love you Bula.
‘And to his loving family, if there’s anything youse need, I got youse.’
But after receiving the tough punishment from the Red Devils, the 247-game veteran has now changed his tune.
‘I deeply apologise for the comments made in my social media postings on May 6,’ Inu said in a statement.
‘By the inappropriate use of language, my remarks were open to misinterpretation and have caused offence and disrepute to my club Salford Red Devils and the RFL.
‘Along with the Club, I will not condone any violence against another person and truly believe that any such victim should receive appropriate support.’
The outside back, 34 (pictured with partner), who played with the disgraced athlete at the Parramatta Eels, has been banned from the field for two months and hit with a fine equivalent to four weeks wages
During his time on the sideline, Inu (pictured with partner) will also be forced to undergo a sensitivity awareness program.
The statement goes on to say that the Salford Red Devils have a clear and unambiguous stance on violence against women and victim shaming.
Inu’s sensitivity training course will cover ‘comms, social media protocol and wider community and social issues to better prepare players with social engagement,’ the statement said.
The penalty comes after another Parramatta teammate, Tony ‘T-Rex’ Williams, also learned the hard way, about lending support to a convicted sex criminal.
He was sacked by the American rugby league team New York Freedom over his extraordinary social media tirade after Hayne put behind bars.
The 32-year-old fired up his Instagram to accuse the victim of ‘sending an innocent man to jail’.
‘Fn dogs… To all Haynsy’s family and friends stay strong for him and let God do his thing I love you all…God always prevails,’ Williams wrote on Instagram.
‘Before I let this be just want to congratulate the victim and the so called justice system… you’ve sent an innocent brotherly to jail away from his kids you bunch of flops… that’s all respectively.’
Krisnan Inu (pictured left), Jarryd Hayne and Tony Williams all made their NRL debuts with the Parramatta Eels
Former NRL player Tony Williams took to Instagram (pictured) to showcase his support for Jarryd Hayne, who was jailed on Thursday for sexual assault
Tony Williams then issued a groveling apology (pictured) on Instagram after his rant defending Jarryd Hayne resulted in the New York Freedom ripping up his pending contract
Williams’ outburst proved to be foolish on many levels, with NY Freedom releasing their star recruit from the fledgling North American Rugby League competition before a ball was kicked after he was brought over to salvage the remainder of his flagging career and to kickstart interest in the US competition.
But the American franchise quickly cut their losses.
‘We cannot control what others do, but we can control how we respond,’ the club said in a statement.
‘In light of the comments made by Tony Williams, his contract with New York Freedom has been terminated.
‘New York Freedom condemns Tony’s the comments and his opinions are not the opinions of New York Freedom or any party associated with the club.
‘We are dedicated to growing the great sport of rugby league and are committed to it always being an inclusive, safe and family orientated environment.’
The American rugby league club New York Freedom quickly cut it’s losses with Williams
Jarryd Hayne (pictured) was found guilty of two counts of rape in the Newcastle District Court on Thursday
Tony ‘T-Rex’ Williams, who played with Hayne at Parramatta in the NRL, was sacked by the New York Freedom over his extraordinary social media rant after Hayne was jailed on Thursday
Williams then offered an apology of sorts – again on social media – after his contract was ripped up.
‘I apologise for the choice of words I used and to anyone I may have hurt,’ he said.
‘I will never leave a brother’s back when he needs me to hold him up.’
The former NSW and Australia player later went on to tell the Sun-Herald he should have handled the situation better.
‘I understand I hurt a lot of people, but it wasn’t what I was trying to do,’ Williams said.
‘I never meant to hurt them in any way. My anger was about my mate, who I have grown up with since we were kids, going to jail. If anyone has a loyal brother or friends in the same way they will understand.
‘Any words that offended them [the victim and her family], it’s not who I am. I apologise for the words I used. I hope she gets through it and lives a happy life.’