NRL’s Caitlin Moran slammed for social media post ‘celebrating’ death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The NRL hit Newcastle NRLW player Caitlin Moran hard, banning her for a social media post following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Moran made headlines last week for comments that appeared to celebrate the Queen’s death in the hours after the news broke on Friday.
The post was eventually deleted after about eight hours, but screenshots of it were seen by the NRL’s integrity unit.
Watch the latest sport on Channel 7 or stream for free on 7plus >>
The NRL announced Tuesday that it plans to suspend Moran for a game, equivalent to a fifth of the NRLW season.
The former Jillaroos defender is the first player in NRLW history to be suspended over an off-field matter.
The Indigenous Knights star was also given a 25 percent probation fine and was forced to undergo education and training on the appropriate use of social media.
It comes after Knights coach Ronald Griffiths defended his full-back following the Knights’ loss to the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.
“The relationship between indigenous peoples and the monarchy is complicated,” Griffiths said.
“If Caitlin has done something, it will be investigated by the integrity department and we will work our way through the process.
“We talk a little bit negatively to Caitlin but if we look at where she’s from, she wins us the world championship in 2017 and took a knee the year after and has probably been in the wild ever since.”
However, the NRL said the comments were unacceptable regardless of the circumstances.
“Rugby league is an inclusive game and has a proud and strong relationship with many communities,” the league said in a statement.
“Regardless of personal views, all players and officials must abide by the professional standards expected of them and on this occasion the player’s public statements have damaged the game.”
Moran was not named by the Knights for their finals clash with St George Illawarra, with Tamika Upton returning at full-back.
The 25-year-old has to decide by next Tuesday whether he accepts the findings.
https://7news.com.au/sport/rugby-league/nrl-comes-down-hard-on-caitlin-moran-over-social-media-post-celebrating-queens-death-c-8227765 NRL’s Caitlin Moran slammed for social media post ‘celebrating’ death of Queen Elizabeth II.