Adam Doueihi came under fire for an alleged anti-LGBT post on Instagram. Wests Tigers say he will not be punished.
Adam Doueihi to avoid discipline over controversial Instagram comment
- Doueihi commented “embarrassing” under a pro-LGBT post by the official English Premier League Instagram account.
- Doueihi deleted the comment shortly after.
- Wests Tigers asked Doueihi to explain the post.
- The club said Doueihi will not be disciplined for his controversial post.
Wests Tigers five-eighth Adam Doueihi came under fire this week after commenting “embarrassing post” under an Instagram post from the official English Premier League account promoting LGBT-inclusive language. Doueihi deleted the post and offered an explanation for it to his club. Wests Tigers now say Doueihi will not be sanctioned for the comment.
Doueihi calls Premier League LGBT+ post “embarrassing”
The Premier League is in the middle of its annual Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces Campaign, which is an event designed to support the LGBTQ+ community and diverse communities who are Premier League fans around the globe.
As a part of this campaign, the Premier League’s official Instagram account posted a graphic informing people about how they can be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. The infographic encouraged people to ask questions and say things like “How can we make sure everyone is included?” and “Representation on the pitch is so important!”
In response to this post, Wests Tigers five-eighth Adam Doueihi commented “embarrassing post.” The Instagram comment was liked nearly ten thousand times before it was eventually deleted by Doueihi.
Doueihi has shown remorse, say Wests Tigers
Wests Tigers immediately issued a ‘please explain’ to their star five-eighth following his Instagram comment. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Doueihi then explained to the club that he felt the post was “embarrassing” because it was “dictating what people could say.”
Reports further say that Doueihi was unaware that his comment could be interpreted as anti-LGBTQ sentiment. Once Doueihi was made aware of this, he promptly deleted the post.
“It wasn’t Adam’s intention to hurt anyone. We’ve spoken to him and no further action will be taken,” said Wests Tigers “The club is committed to being an inclusive place for all, we welcome people of all parts of society to be part of our club. Our mission statement as a club is to enrich lives of community and that we are all inclusive.”
Wests Tigers also went on to say that Doueihi was very remorseful for his actions, which is why the club has decided not to sanction him. The NRL has also decided not to discipline Doueihi.
Second LGBTQ+ controversy for Doueihi
This is the second time in Doueihi’s career that he has found himself in the middle of a controversy concerning the LGBTQ+ community. Doueihi, who is a devout Christian, was previously in the news for publicly supporting a Sydney Catholic girls school’s decision to not allow its students to bring female dates to the school’s Year 12 formal.
For Wests Tigers’ sake, let us hope this is the last controversy involving Doueihi, especially considering that he is not doing much else for Tigers. Doueihi has been out of action since April when he suffered an ACL injury. Doueihi is expected to be back for Tigers this season.
According to the betting sites, Tigers are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NRL. Getting Doueihi back will be a big boost to their chances of proving the doubters wrong. Doueihi also has the chance to play a big role in Tigers’ rebuild under new coach Benji Marshall.