Caitlin Moran: Australian rugby league player suspended for social media post about Queen’s death



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An Indigenous Australian rugby league player has been suspended for one match following a social media post he made about the Queen’s death last week, in which he referred to the monarch as a “dumb dog”.

Caitlin Moran, who plays for the Newcastle Knights in the NRLW, made disparaging remarks about the Queen in a now-deleted Instagram post, according to various Australian media outlets.

On Tuesday, the NRL announced it wanted Moran banned for one game and fined the equivalent of 25% of his contract.

The 25-year-old will also have to attend education and training programs about his responsibilities as a player and the use of social media. The NRL said the fine will be suspended if he attends those programs, but if he commits another breach of the code he will have to pay the fine immediately.

“Rugby league is an inclusive game and has a proud and strong relationship with many communities,” an NRL statement said.

“Any personal opinions aside, all players and officials must uphold the professional standards expected of them and on this occasion the public comments made by the player have damaged the game.”

Moran, who helped Australia’s Jillaroos win the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in 2017, has not responded to the NRL’s ban or responded to CNN’s request for comment.

He has until Tuesday to respond to the NRL’s notice.

He said the Knights agree to suspend the one-game ban and fine, saying Moran will not play Sunday’s St. Confirming that George will play in the game against the Illawarra Dragons.

However, the Rugby League Players’ Association called the punishment “far too severe” and “disproportionate”, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, and Knights’ NRLW coach Ronald Griffiths gave his support to Moran, who has Indigenous heritage.

“The relationship between Indigenous people and the monarchy is certainly a complex one,” Griffiths told reporters on Sunday.

“At the end of the day, if Caitlin did something, the Integrity Unit will investigate and we’ll work our way through the process.”

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For some Indigenous Australians, it is a painful reminder of their suffering under the British colonial monarchy since British settlers arrived in Australia in 1788. Thousands of indigenous people died during Britain’s colonization of the country.

Earlier this year, Indigenous MP Lidia Thorpe referred to the Queen as a colonizer while being sworn in to the Australian Parliament.

Thorpe offered his support to Moran this week, writing Twitter: “I’m calling on the NRL to do their own training on racism. If anyone needs to be educated, it’s you. You are responsible for creating a safe workplace for First Nations players. In solidarity with Cailtin Moran [sic]. Stay strong sister.”