Warriors hooker Issac Luke has come to the defence of disgraced Ben Barba after his altercation with a TV reporter this week.

The former NRL player was filmed threatening a journalist from Nine News yelling at him: “I will hurt you. You want me to hurt you?”

Barba has been given a lifetime ban by the NRL over allegations he was violent towards long-term partner Ainslie Currie in an incident at Townsville Casino.

Since this happened at the beginning of the year, Barba has been working as a truck driver and appeared to be in working clothes when filmed.

While not condoning anything Barba has done, Luke took to Twitter to criticise way the journalist ambushed him.

“What goes through reporters heads in the mornings? “Oh let’s go and p… this player off or harass this player,” Luke wrote.

“I don’t condone what he done and he will live with that his whole life even his babies will see this s…. Leave the poor fella alone.

“Pretty sure this is bullying.”

Luke, who will miss Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs as he recovers from his off-season shoulder operation, then got into discussions with a number of people who commented on his tweet.

Luke went on to question how everyone would feel about the TV interview if it was something that led Barba harming himself.

“Imagine if he did something terribly bad to himself on the back of this backlash then how would people feel,” Luke wrote.

“Some have no remorse because of his actions towards his partner. Had the reporter not have done this we wouldn’t even be talking about this.”

One person replying to Luke suggested that as Barba is attempting to overturn his life ban, he’s fair game for the media again. However, Luke didn’t agree.

“I’m sorry do you work for the NRL?” Luke wrote.

“Also yeah let the man hang his head in shame without being hassled.

“You sound like you’re one of these PERFECT human beings.

“I’m pretty sure you’ve screwed up in your life. Probably not as many times as Ben. But you would’ve.”

In another tweet Luke responded to someone, writing it was harder for Barba to deal with the mistakes he’s made, because of his profile.

“But you’re not in the public eye so a lot of your screw ups or the the very few of your screw ups, don’t follow in media approaching you about it,” Luke wrote.

“I bet since the last time he down this he’s owned up to.

“Taken it on the chin. Because now look what he’s doing.”

 

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