Haumole Olakau’atu, Manase Fainu, Manly Sea Eagles, Zip Code Gang Wars

Paul Kent has criticized Haumole Olakau’atu and other Manly players for promoting gang violence with their support of convicted teammate Manase Fainu.

Olakau’atu used a try-out against the Titans as a platform to support Fainu, who has been convicted of stabbing a man at a church dance, by using his zip code signal.

“The disappointing thing about this and I believe the Integrity Unit is going to look into this and I believe Andrew Abdo has had a conversation about this,” Kent said on NRL 360.

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“What he’s done here is a six, one, which I think is a Guildford zip code, related to where Manase Fainu is from. Then he has his wrists together as if in handcuffs, which is all in support of Manase Fainu.

“Is it a protest or is it support because just a few weeks ago we were here on this show and in particular I defended the values ​​of Olakau’atu and a few other players at that club for their stance with the Pride Jersey.

“I said, like it or not, they follow a Christian faith and they defend that faith.

“Two weeks later, they are now coming out in support of a man who has just been convicted of stabbing a guy, essentially grievous bodily harm with intent.

“You can’t have both with these guys.”

Kent warned of the damaging effects such statements of support for the zip code wars can have, especially when so many players try to eradicate the effects of gang violence in the game.


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Haumole Olakau’atu was involved in an effort to support convicted teammate Manase Fainu.Source: Included

“The wars between the zip code gangs in Sydney are literally costing lives right now,” said Kent.

“There was a stabbing at the Easter show earlier this year.

“The police have become involved with players, especially from Penrith and Parramatta.

“Jarome Luai, Brian To’o, Nathan Cleary and Junior Paulo have all been exceptional in the time they have taught the program.

“Fonua-Blake did the same thing (as Olakau’atu) and whether these guys are aware of it or not, they add to the problem.

“To have some kind of social conscience in play, which they tried to show a few weeks ago, whether you agree or not, and we come out and support their right to their own faith.

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“Here they are 14 days later in support of a man who is about to go to jail for stabbing a man in a fight that resulted from a gang fight based on these zip codes.”

Paul Crawley believes the NRL must act to eradicate it quickly.

“They’re using the NRL and Fox League as a stage to show their support and that’s where it’s wrong,” Crawley said.

“The game has to be tough there.

“We had a lot of problems with junior representatives earlier this year. There is concern that there is a gang culture in some clubs and Manly is one of them and you have to eradicate that.

“If the club doesn’t want to be hard, make the game hard.

“The game has to draw a line in the sand and say this is just not acceptable.”

Dave Riccio of the Daily Telegraph believes the latest development will only add to the rifts in Manly’s dressing room in the wake of the Pride Jersey saga.

Manase Fainu was convicted of stabbing a man during a church dance.Source: News Corp Australia

“The NSWRL canceled junior games earlier this year for fear of gang violence unfolding on that ground,” Riccio said.

“This just sends it backwards. The NRL Integrity Unit will no doubt look into it.

“And I keep hearing that this is leading to more rifts within the Manly squad.”

Kent believes that the NRL should sanction the players involved to contain the problem and he reprimanded the players for their actions.

“The NRL has to come in because the more they just sit and let it marinate through the game, the harder it will be to get rid of,” Kent said.

“What kind of game allows itself to attach itself to gang warfare? It’s just wrong on every level.

“These guys are just giving up any right to compassion and sympathy two weeks ago from what they just did over the weekend. It’s just so stupid.”

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