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NRL star James Tedesco has been fined $ 10,000 for a night out in which he was accused of yelling ‘Squid Games’ at a woman of Vietnamese descent.
The Sydney Roosters captain reportedly yelled the reference to the hit South Korean Netflix series at 20-year-old Tiffany Trinh outside Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel last month.
That prompted an investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit, which did not prove any allegations of racist behavior. Instead, he was fined for drunken behavior.
Trinh previously said that she was waiting with a friend of hers to drive her home when Tedesco and a group of her friends approached her.
“It was a group of about ten children standing up and I felt quite intimidated,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“A little 20-year-old girl, waiting to be taken home and you have a bunch of guys who come up to you and laugh at you for being Asian.”
Trinh later told her family when her outraged sister Katherine wrote an open letter to the NRL employer and posted it on her Instagram.
You don’t know me or my family. However, last night you felt compelled to say ‘squid game’ to my sister when you passed her on the outskirts of Beach Road in Bondi, ” Katherine said.
She was shocked, and at the time, she was too embarrassed to say anything because you were with a group of soccer players. However, her friend called you and you replied, “Do you know who I am?”
Ms. Trinh’s sister called Tedesco and told him that she was held accountable for her actions.
‘A quick Google, it shows you are a soccer player, and you even represented our home state! Without a doubt, you are a role model for many. As such, you must be responsible for your words and actions. ‘
The post on social media prompted The Roosters to launch an investigation into the matter.
The club has defended its star player and claimed that Tedesco had been discussing the hit Korean TV show with friends within earshot of Trinh.
“After we found out about the Instagram post, we thoroughly investigated the matter,” said Roosters CEO Joe Kelly.
“There was absolutely no interaction between James Tedesco and this group of people. We categorically deny that anything adverse has occurred. ”
Daily Mail Australia contacted the Roosters for comment.
The NRL has revealed that it will launch its own investigation into the matter.
James Tedesco Quick and Facts
- James Tedesco denied claims he shouted ‘Squid Game’ at Vietnamese woman
- Tiffany Trinh claimed Roosters captain made comment in Bondi on Thursday
- Her sister took to Instagram to pen angry open letter to Tedesco
- Roosters have stood behind star player denying Tedesco made comment to her
- He has now been fined over drunken behaviour, but ‘racism’ allegation was not substantiated