'Most reprehensible thing': Rugby player Caitlin Moran SLAMMED for calling late Queen Elizabeth ‘dumb dog’

Moran's now-deleted Instagram Story read, 'Today is a good f**king day, uncle Luke announces his tour, and this dumb dog dies. Happy f***ing Friday'

'Most reprehensible thing': Rugby player Caitlin Moran SLAMMED for calling late Queen Elizabeth ‘dumb dog’
Caitlin Moran (L) was criticized for making offensive remarks about the late Queen Elizabeth II in an Instagram Story (Jason McCawley/Andrew Matthews/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Caitlin Moran, a player with the Newcastle Knights and National Rugby League Women, was given a one-game suspension for calling Queen Elizabeth II a "dumb dog" in a now-deleted social media post. The "reprehensible" post by the 25-year-old received backlash and shocked the rugby league community. The Instagram Story, which was live for nine hours, read, “Today is a good f**king day, uncle Luke announces his tour, and this dumb dog dies. Happy f***ing Friday.”

Numerous prominent members of the rugby league community were quick to criticize Moran after the comments went viral online. According to 2GB host Ray Hadley, “It’s perhaps the most reprehensible thing I’ve ever seen connected to rugby league.” Moran played the next day in her team's 18-16 loss against the Sydney Roosters despite requests for her to be benched. Many on social media also slammed Moran for her remark toward the late Queen

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One social media user wrote, “Caitlin Moran playing just shows why the NRLW has no integrity & why it WILL fail. It's got nothing to do with whether you agree with her or not, you just can't have two standards.” “Fairly sure Ricky Stuart got stood down for saying 'dog act' and this young lady puts out on her social media that virile about the Queen passing, poor form by an Australian rep,” another user added. However, Moran did receive some assistance from her coach Ronald Griffiths. 

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Raecene McGregor of the Ferns kicks the ball as Caitlin Moran of the Jillaroos looks on during the 2017 Rugby League Women's World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.
Caitlin Moran during the 2017 Rugby League Women's World Cup Final (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

He said, “I wasn't worried. The relationship between Indigenous people and the monarchy is a complicated one. If Caitlin has done something then it will be investigated by the Integrity Unit and we'll work our way through the process. We're talking a little bit of negativity with Caitlin, but if we look at where she's come from, in 2017 she wins us the World Cup and does her knee the year after and has probably been in the wilderness since then. Those are the sort of things we need to look at and celebrate. We believe she's gone from strength to strength.”

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Caitlin Moran of Australia runs the ball during the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and England at Southern Cross Group Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
Caitlin Moran runs the ball during the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup (Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Later, after conducting an inquiry, the NRL Integrity Unit confirmed that Moran has been held accountable for her behavior. According to news.com.au, the statement from the NRL read, “The breach notice proposes a fine equivalent to 25 percent of her current NRLW contract, wholly suspended, provided she fulfills a number of conditions. The breach notice also proposes a one-match suspension in the NRLW. The fine will be suspended for a period of 12 months to be payable immediately should the code be further breached in that period.”

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“Rugby league is an inclusive game and has a proud and strong relationship with many communities. Regardless of any personal views, all players and officials must adhere to the professional standards expected of them and on this occasion, the public comments made by the player have caused damage to the game,” the statement added. 


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