‘You dog’: Vile moment a foul-mouthed gambling desperate claims he’s going to ‘kill’ Josh Morris for ‘ruining his multi’ – but the footy star has the perfect comeback
- NRL star Josh Morris called out ‘fan’ who abused him on social media on Sunday
- The sender told Morris he was ‘waiting for him’ at a stadium in Sydney’s west
- NRL has since congratulate Morris for calling out instance of ‘abhorrent abuse’
- The matter has since been referred to NSW Police by NRL CEO Andrew Abdo
The NRL have referred a man who sent an ‘abhorrent’ message to Josh Morris onto NSW Police, after the Sydney Roosters star was threatened for ruining a bet.
Morris was sent a direct message on Instagram on Sunday afternoon after the Roosters’ 40-6 win over Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium, where he was labelled a ‘dog c***’.
The sender claimed Morris had ‘cost him’ a multi bet collect by not scoring a try, before threatening Morris by saying he was ‘waiting for him at the front of the stadium.’
Morris later posted a screenshot of the message with the user’s account visible on his own Instagram story, before the NRL investigated the matter.
NRL star Josh Morris called out a troll who abused him on social media on Sunday afternoon
The Roosters centre is adamant social media abuse from trolls directed at professional athletes ‘has to stop’
The veteran Sydney Roosters centre then told his legion of followers that abuse from trolls towards professional athletes ‘has to stop.’
The enraged punter has since had multiple betting accounts in his name cancelled by various bookmakers.
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo praised Morris for calling out the keyboard warrior.
‘Our integrity unit is there to both administer the rules and provide support to our players,’ he said.
‘The Integrity Unit has conducted work confirming the identity of the individual involved and referred this abuse to the NSW Police online threats taskforce.
‘I encourage all players and clubs to alert us whenever they are subject to any form of abuse.
‘I want to congratulate Josh for calling out this abuse. What was sent to Josh was abhorrent. ‘It’s important that people realise these types of attitudes are not welcome in our game.’
Instances of players receiving abusive feedback from ‘fans’ has increased in the age of social media.
Melbourne Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr posted a photo on Instagram after this month’s NRL season opener of him holding a sign saying ‘No one cares about your multi’.
Morris sent a similar message with his Instagram story on Sunday, while his stance also received the backing of the Rugby League Players’ Association.
The NRL have referred the man who sent an ‘abhorrent’ message to Josh Morris on Instagram to NSW Police
Fellow NRL player Josh Addo-Carr posted a photo on Instagram earlier this month holding a sign saying ‘No one cares about your multi’
‘This is yet another example of the appalling behaviour that our members are subjected to,’ RLPA chief operation officer Tim Lythe said.
‘It’s really sad that people feel that it is acceptable to abuse others in such a way.
‘No person, not just NRL players, should be the subject of such abuse. It is entirely unacceptable.
‘We commend Josh on calling this incident out and the other players who continue to make a stand. ‘Online abuse and bullying is an issue we need to confront collectively – as a game and more broadly in society.’