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TWO STRIKES

English Rugby Player Accused Of Homophobia Second Time In Three Months

_65944806_t41d0715English rugby player Zak Hardaker may need to learn some new on-field banter if he keeps his job.

For the second time in three months, the 22-year-old Leeds full-back is being investigated for allegedly using “homophobic” language on live television.

Hardaker was suspended for five games in June after the RFL found him guilty of calling a referee a “fucking fag” during a televised event. His comments were originally spotted by fans watching the broadcast, and a swift investigation punished him with a five-game suspension and $500 fine.

Though the “homophobic” words Hardaker allegedly used haven’t been made public, the RFL said: “We are investigating an incident during the Super League match against St. Helens.” If found guilty, Hardaker could face an eight-game suspension and possible revocation of his eligibility for competing in the 2014 Four Nations tour in Australia.

In a series of since-deleted tweets denying the allegations, Hardaker blames “journalists”. The Guardian saved the tweets:

Hardaker took to Twitter to defend himself, claiming the allegations were “a load of rubbish”.

“Well this is the last straw for me,” he tweeted. “Sick of the crap that’s coming out about me, nobody knows anything so why would you comment in it.

“And the fact that people are saying I’ve said a homophobic comment or that I’m homophobic is a load of rubbish!! I’ve had ENOUGH.

“People don’t know the consequences this has on myself and my family and it’s p*****g me right off!!!

“So there…… You can write all you want you JOURNALISTS.!! Waste of breath the lot if you.”

His comments stand in contrast to the ones he offered in June, when he graciously accepted the five-game suspension as an opportunity to grow.

“In the heat of the game, I have used an offensive term and I can honestly say I was deeply saddened when I found out after the game how my comment had been perceived,” he said. “I would like to unreservedly apologize to him [the referee] for that and I can assure him that no offense was intended toward him.”

By:           Queerty Editor
On:           Sep 2, 2014
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  • 14 Comments
    • NoCagada
      NoCagada

      He just can’t help that homosexuality is always the first thing on the tip of his tongue!

      Sep 2, 2014 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Ok Zak Hardaker, we get it, you like the co-ck. You don’t have to mention gays every time you get a little worked up. ;)

      Sep 2, 2014 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      I hope this little boy plays better Rugby than he plays at stomping off the playground after losing a game of marbles. Maybe, just maybe, the fans and his employer have had ENOUGH of him also!

      Sep 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      He’s probably pissed about having that awful case of psoriasis on his arms. That’s a shame.

      Sep 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael mellor
      michael mellor

      Maybe that’s the only word Zach knows. In any case, I think he’s a hunk. He can put me over a barrel any day.

      Sep 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Quincy
      Quincy

      Those that complain the loudest are living in the deepest closets.

      Sep 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aromaeus
      Aromaeus

      He’ll get another pass by the white gays because he’s white and attractive.

      Sep 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan down in Florida
      Alan down in Florida

      You can jerk the cum out of a prick but you can’t prick the jerk out of the man.

      Sep 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Saint Law
      Saint Law

      @michael mellor: He’d more likely kick your head in. But, you know, whatever floats your boat.

      Sep 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ted72
      ted72

      @Saint Law: LOL. I meant boo…

      Sep 3, 2014 at 9:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gskorich
      gskorich

      i think its crazy to accuse someone of being homophobic just because they use that word, who cares!! too many victims in this community

      Sep 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @Aromaeus: Who is giving him a pass other than michael mellor who is a known troll anyway and gskorich? Other than those two, I have only seen comment after comment condemning what he said.

      Sep 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      Zack Hardaker, you’re a “load of rubbish.” Dumpster’s calling your name!

      Sep 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mrjoshy
      mrjoshy

      He can homo my phobia anytime he wants!

      Sep 5, 2014 at 7:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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