Paul Kent has criticized Haumole Olakauatu and other Manly players for promoting team aggression in support of team-mate Manasseh Fainu.
Olakau’tu used the tryout against the Titans as a platform to use his postcode symbol to support Finn, who was accused of stabbing a man at a church dance.
“The unfortunate thing about it and I believe the integrity unit will look at it and I believe Andrew Abdo has had a conversation about it,” Kent told NRL 360.
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What he’s done here is six, one, I believe is the Guildford postcode, which is where the Manasseh fin came from. Then, like Manasseh, he put his wrists together.
“Is it a protest or a supporter because we were here on this show a few weeks ago and especially me defending the value of Olakauatu and a few other players with the pride jersey.
“Whether you like it or not, you are following the Christian faith and defending that faith.”
“Two weeks later they are coming out to support a man accused of deliberately stabbing someone.
“You can’t have it both ways with these guys.”
Kent warned of the damaging effects of support shows for postcode wars, especially when many players try to erase the effects of gang violence in the game.
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“At the moment, postcode gang wars in Sydney are taking lives,” Kent said.
“Earlier this year there was a stabbing at the Easter show.
Police have been in contact with players, particularly from Penrith and Parramatta.
“Jarome Louie, Brian Tho, Nathan Creary and Junior Paulo were exceptional in hosting the program.
Fonua-Blake did the same (as did Olakauatu) and these guys are contributing to the problem whether they know it or not.
“Whether you agree with it or not, we’re going to come out and support their belief, to have some kind of social conscience in the game that they tried to show a few weeks ago.
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“Here are these two weeks after a gang fight based on postcodes is going to support someone who stabbed someone and is going to jail.”
Paul Crowley believes the NRL needs to act to eradicate it quickly.
“The NRL and Fox League are using it as a platform to show their support and that’s wrong,” Crowley said.
“This is where the game has to be tough.
“We’ve had a lot of problems with junior rep games earlier this year. There’s a gang culture at some clubs and Manly is one of them and there’s a concern that you have to stamp it out.”
“If the club doesn’t want to be strong, make the game harder.
“The game has to draw a line in the sand and say this is not acceptable.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio believes the new development will contribute to the rift in the Manly dressing room following the Pride jersey saga.
“The NSWRL canceled junior games earlier this year because of concerns that gang violence could occur because of those factors,” Riccio said.
“This will send it backwards. No doubt the NRL Integrity Unit will look into it.
“And I’m hearing that this is leading to more fracturing in the Mali game team.”
Kent believes the NRL needs to fine the players involved to get to grips with the issue and slammed the players for their actions.
“The NRL needs to step in because the more they sit back and let it go through the game, the harder it is to get rid of,” Kent said.
What kind of game allows itself to be associated with team wars? It is wrong on every level.
“What these people did over the weekend, two weeks ago, they surrendered all rights to compassion and empathy. It’s so stupid.”