The NRL is expected to investigate the Warriors backing Kane Evans after he chose to write obscenities on his wristband with club CEO Cameron George revealing he had told the striker to cover writing.
Evans did not feature in the Warriors’ loss to the Panthers and was their 18th designee.
But when the Warriors lost Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (concussion), Tohu Harris (ACL), Rocco Berry (hamstring) and Wayde Egan (shoulder), the Fox League cameras turned to Evans on the sidelines.
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As they did, there was a clear vision of the Warriors’ wrist strangulation.
On the side of the belt there is a notice that says: “Fold some c**t”.
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In the past, the NRL has sternly criticized players whose controversial messages about tying their wrists.
Andrew Fifita was fined $20,000 in 2016 after he delivered a message to convicted one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge.
Evans’ current teammate at Warriors, Matt Lodge, was banned for two games in 2014 for writing the word “c**t” on his wristband during an Origin game under 20.
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Lodge was also suspended for two more matches for fighting in the same match.
George told Stuff.NZ he asked Evans to cover the writing after it came to his attention and warned supporters to heed an NRL sanction.
“I just told him yesterday to cover it up,” said George.
“But regardless of why he did it, he shouldn’t have done it.
“We don’t accept that, we don’t condone it, or consider it appropriate and I’m waiting to see if anything comes of it from the NRL.
“I assumed it would be today and I told Kane this morning to get ready for something.
“So we’ll wait and see what happens, but from a club perspective we’ll work with the NRL and see where we land with things.”