NRL star Adam Doueihi has found himself in hot water this weekend over a comment he made on a social media post shared by the Premier League.
The Wests Tigers playmaker has been spoken to by the club over the comment, asked to provide an explanation as to what and why he posted.
Doueihi commented upon a post that promoted LGBTQ+ inclusion with the Premier League offering up dos and don’ts for how to speak about the topic, offering sentiments such as “how can we make sure everyone is included” and “let’s show active allyship for LGBTQ+ people”.
The post in question features two graphics, the ‘Do Say’ and ‘Don’t Say’ lists, and was captioned: “How we speak about LGBTQ+ inclusion is incredibly important.
“You can be an active ally and make everyone feel comfortable being themselves.”
The 25-year-old Doueihi commented “embarrassing post” under the two images, the comment garnering thousands of likes before being deleted.
Wests asked the playmaker to explain his comment and per the Sydney Morning Herald he reasoned that he disagreed with the post and labelled it ’embarrassing’ on account of it “dictating what people could say”.
He claimed that he did not realise it came across as homophobic, suggesting he disagreed with the sentiment of being told what to do and not in regard to the subject matter.
Either way it’s not a brilliant look for Wests key man and one that has caused controversy down under among fans, and within the club who had initially requested that explanation.
Doueihi can play throughout the spine but has also played in the centres, starting his career with South Sydney Rabbitohs before making the switch to Wests.
He’s been with the club since 2020 and has racked up 57 games for them, registering 18 tries during that three year sting.
He’s been injured and out since April due to an ACL injury with initial reports suggesting that he would be out for 12-16 months given that it was his third ACL tear on that left knee.
Per Fox Sports the half had previously found himself in hot water regarding gay rights when he supported a Sydney Catholic girls school in their ban on female dates at their equivalent to a prom.
That caused controversy at the time which would likely suggest why Wests were so quick to demand an explanation, which in turn saw the comment deleted.
The initial post can be seen below.
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