Lote Tuqiri has been torn to shreds on social media for posting what many believe is an insensitive tweet after Ben Barba was rubbed out of rugby league for good.
Barba was yesterday deregistered from the NRL by CEO Todd Greenberg and was told to “find a new vocation” because he won’t be welcome in the code again after an incident involving his partner. over the Australia Day weekend.
An investigation by the NRL integrity unit found there was a “physical altercation” between Barba and Ainslie Currie, which prompted Greenberg to declare he can’t see any scenario where the 2012 Dally M Medal winner ever returns to the NRL.
Tuqiri, took to Twitter on Tuesday night to voice his sympathy for Barba, prompting a stream of furious replies.
Tuqiri tried to clarify his position in the face of the negative reaction, saying he in no way condones what Barba did and doesn’t disagree at all with the severe penalty handed down.