Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Losi Filipo Controversy: Player avoids conviction over brutal assault that ended another's career

CREDIT: Tight Five Rugby Union

New Zealand rugby has been rocked by controversy as a young rugby player who was involved in a group assault that ended one rugby players career in 2015, escaped conviction. 

However the ensuing uproar surrounding details of the melee in which he was involved have lead to Wellington Rugby Union terminating his contract, despite initially backing the player. 

In a statement Wellington Rugby Union said: "Filipo today withdrew himself from the Wellington Lions 2016 Mitre 10 Cup squad in a move he hopes will go some way toward helping the victims of his assault move on with their lives.

"The 18-year-old has always recognised that his actions caused hurt and complications for the victims of the assault, and hopes that the termination of his playing contract will go some way towards demonstrating his remorse and personal accountability for the situation." 

“Our first thoughts are with the victims of this assault. Wellington Rugby would like to extend our sympathies to the two men and women involved in the incident and reiterate the fact that we do not condone violence in any form. 

"We would like to extend an offer of assistance and support to Greg Morgan, a member of our rugby community who we have learned will not be able to play the game due to his injuries.”

 Filipo said in a statement that he is remorseful of is actions and the effects they have had on the people involved.