Sacked NRL star slams decision after being ‘coerced’ into vaccination

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Sacked NRL star John Asiata has spoken out for the first time after being given his marching orders by the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs become the first side to lose a player over the vaccination program, but Asiata had only just joined the club on a one-year deal in the off-season.

And, the 28-year-old told the Bulldogs in November that he’d rather work on a construction site than be given the jab.

Club bosses warned Asiata last week he’d be sacked if his stance didn’t change.

“The Bulldogs and John Asiata have agreed to part ways by mutual consent,” the club said in a statement.

“Asiata, signed with the club this season, but had yet to train with the squad.

“The Bulldogs wish John and his family all the best for the future.”

Now, Asiata has broken his silence, thanking his Instagram followers for the support:

“Hey guys. Would like to thank everyone for the support being shown to myself and my family, we are truly grateful.

“It has not been an easy time or decision but it is one I have full peace with, if you know me you know I will always stay true to my convictions and values.

“One of those values is freedom of choice and bodily autonomy for my family and I.

“I love and respect anyone who has decided to take it out of their own free will, and I sympathise with anyone who has felt coerced and pressured to keep food on the table for their families.

“I love Rugby League and everything it has afforded me & if it’s in God’s will for me to continue that in future, he will open that door. God bless 🙏🏽”

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