NRLW star banned for Queen social post

The NRL has harshly criticized Newcastle NRLW player Caitlin Moran, banning her for a post on social media following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Moran made headlines last week on comments that appeared to celebrate the queen’s death, in the hours following the news on Friday.

The post was eventually deleted after about eight hours, but the screenshots were viewed by the NRL’s Health Unit.

The NRL announced Tuesday that it plans to ban Moran for one match, which equates to one sixth of the NRLW season.

The former Jillaroos full-back becomes the first player to be disqualified for an off-court affair in NRLW history.

The Native Knights star was also sentenced to a suspended 25% fine and forced to undergo education and training on the proper use of social media.

It comes after Knights manager Ronald Griffiths came to the defense of his full-back following the Knights’ defeat to the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.

“The relationship between indigenous peoples and the monarchy is complicated,” Griffiths said.

“If Caitlin has done anything, it will be investigated by the Integrity Unit and we will move forward through the process.

“We talk a little bit of negativity with Caitlin, but if we look at where she comes from, she won us the World Cup in 2017 and the next year she got down on her knees and has probably been in the desert ever since.”

However, the NRL said the comments were unacceptable under any 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 any personal opinion, all players and match officials must maintain the professional standards that are expected of them and on this occasion the public comments made by the player have caused damage to the game.”

Moran was not named by the Knights for the final clash of the round with St George Illawarra, with Tamika Upton returning as a full-back.

The 25-year-old has until next Tuesday to decide whether or not to accept the discovery.

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