18th June 07:03 PM
Tuqiri under fire after posting about Ben Barba's dismissal
By Lena Reece
Thursday 07/02/2019
Lote Tuqiri

Dual‑code Australian representative Lote Tuqiri has come under fire on social media after posting his controversial thoughts on Ben Barba's effective dismissal from rugby league.

Tuqiri took to Twitter to share his sympathy for Barba about his exiling.

Barba was deregistered from the NRL yesterday after an incident involving his partner at a Townsville casino over the weekend.

As such, Tuqiri's sadness has been met by plenty of hostility from fans with one person challenging if his shallow statement was part of a footballer's pack mentality to protect their own.

Tuqiri tried to clear up his stance on the matter, replying to multiple people he did not condone Barba's actions but his feelings were directed at a different part of the story ‑ of an athlete who can no longer do what he loves.

[Source: TVNZ]

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