Caitlin Moran makes NRLW history as she overcomes one-match ban for calling the Queen a ‘dog’ in a shocking Instagram post
- Newcastle star Caitlin Moran banned for one game by NRL
- Moran received wide condemnation for celebrating the death of the Queen
- On the day of the queen’s death, Moran called her a ‘dumb dog’ on Instagram
- The post was then deleted after more than eight hours
- The NRL said Moran’s comments were unacceptable under the circumstances
The NRL has come down hard on Newcastle NRLW player Caitlin Moran, banning her from a social media post following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Moran made headlines last week for comments that appeared to celebrate the Queen’s death, in the hours after the news broke on Friday.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, the All Star native, who has also represented Australia and New South Wales, used a slur when referring to the late monarch.
Newcastle NRLW player Caitlin Moran has been banned for one game over an Instagram post in which she appeared to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s passing
Moran wrote: ‘Have a good day today, Uncle Luke [country singer Luke Coombs] announces his tour, and this stupid dog [Queen Elizabeth] dies. Happy damn Friday.”
The post was eventually deleted after about eight hours, but screenshots of it have been viewed by the NRL’s integrity unit.
Nevertheless, Moran was able to play for Newcastle in their 18-16 loss to the Sydney Roosters over the weekend.
On Tuesday, however, the NRL announced that they planned to ban Moran for one game, which is equivalent to a sixth of the NRLW season.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully in Balmoral on Thursday at the age of 96
The former Jillaroos back will become the first female player in NRLW history to be banned for an off-field issue.
The Indigenous Knights star was also given a suspended 25 percent fine and forced to undergo education and training on the proper use of social media.
It comes after Knights coach Ronald Griffiths came to defend his fullback following the Knights’ loss to the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.
“The relationship between indigenous peoples and the monarchy is complicated,” Griffiths said.
Moran, who has represented Australia and New South Wales, used a slur when she referred to the late monarch in a post that has since been deleted.
“If Caitlin has done something, it will be investigated by the Integrity Unit and we will work our way through the process.
“We talk a little bit of negativity with Caitlin, but if we look at where she’s from, she won us the World Cup in 2017 and she does her knee the following year and has probably been out in the wild ever since.”
However, the NRL said the comments were unacceptable regardless of the circumstances.
A minute of silence was observed during the weekend’s four NRL finals in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing
But the AFLW decided not to observe a minute of silence over the weekend other than the opening clash as it celebrates its native round.
“Rugby league is an inclusive game and has a proud and strong relationship with many communities,” the league said in a statement.
“Regardless of personal views, all players and officials must adhere to the professional standards expected of them and on this occasion the player’s public comments have caused damage to the game.”
Moran was not named by the Knights for their final round clash with St George Illawarra, with Tamika Upton returning as fullback.
The 25-year-old has until next Tuesday to decide whether to accept the finding.