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Ex-Super League and NRL star Manu Vatuvei launches bizarre new career despite facing life in jail

Ex-Super League and NRL star Manu Vatuvei has decided to try his hand at something new after it was revealed that he could face life in prison.

The former New Zealand Warriors and Salford Red Devils winger is still yet to be sentenced for his role in the importation of drugs despite being told to prepare for jail in December of 2021.

Vatuvei admitted importing methamphetamine back in October, which could see him facing life in prison.

Dubbed as ‘The Beast’ for obvious reasons, the 35-year-old was charged with both possessing the drug for supply as well as importing it, though he previously denied the charges.

Vatuvei appeared at Manukau District Court in October 2021 where he admitted a representative charge of importing methamphetamine.

Judge Jonathan Moses convicted the former explosive winger of the charges and granted his application for bail on a curfew, until sentencing this month alongside his brother.

Vatuvei retired from professional rugby league due to injury in 2017, after a career spanning more than 13 years.

The powerful winger played eight games for Salford in Super League over a period of two seasons.

But, now it appears as though Vatuvei has taken a new career turn with the explosion of Non-Fungible Tokens.

And, he announced the launch of the ‘next generation 3D NFTs’ today as the digital world continues to grow exponentially.

Vatuvei posted on his Instagram page: “Today’s big launch OMNI SOCIETY is a collection of 10101 unique next generation 3D NFTs stored as ERC-721 tokens, designed by world’s leading artists from NETFLIX, HBO, MTV and created by team from ENTREPRENEUR, FORBES, BLOOMBERG. Launching @meta’s first VC Fund.”

I’m sure some or most of those words mean little to some people, but Vatuvei is keeping himself busy ahead of his sentencing.

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