To most of us, $10,000 is a lot of money – to an international rugby league star it is, comparatively, loose change.

Then again, if it were you or I, we would more than likely not be fined anything in the first place – it can be the price any sports star pays for their public persona.

South Sydney and Kiwi hooker Issac Luke has been fined $10,000 by the NRL ($5000 suspended) for posting a homophobic slur on social media.

As Q News reported earlier this month, Luke responded to criticism of him on his Instagram account after the controversial Souths-Canterbury Good Friday clash by posting “get off my page you lil poofters”.

On top of the fine, Luke will also undergo an education program in tolerance and equity as part of his punishment.

There is no place for vilification of any kind in rugby league,” the NRL said.

However, the game’s governing body said Luke was provoked into making the comment and took into account the fact it was deleted (from Instagram) and his subsequent apology.

We believe that education is the most important element in dealing with vilification matters such as this,” an NRL spokesman said.

So we will require Issac to undertake an education program in tolerance and equity in addition to the financial penalty.”

Whether or not the financial punishment fits the crime, there can be little doubt that education is the best policy.


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