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NRL Grand Final: Penrith Panthers star Jarome Luai under fire for racial slur Instagram post

Panthers NRL star could be ‘investigated’ after posting ‘racial slur’ on his Instagram minutes after grand final win

  • Jarome Luai could be in hot water after a celebratory NRL Grand Final post 
  • The Penrith Panthers beat the Parramatta Eels 28-12 in Sydney on Sunday 
  • Premiership winning five-eighth allegedly shared post from the Panthers sheds 

Penrith Panthers star Jarome Luai could have his premiership victory celebrations dampened after the NRL’s Integrity Unit was made aware of a racial slur he allegedly posted to Instagram. 

The 25-year-old was in the Panthers sheds after their convincing 28-12 win over the Parramatta Eels in Sunday night’s grand final when he posed for a selfie with teammate Jaeman Salmon. 

The publicly shared post contained a word Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to republish and was quietly deleted seven hours later. 

A post shared to social media just minutes after the Penrith Panther’s Grand Final win on Sunday (pictured) 

‘The NRL Integrity Unit is aware of the post,’ an NRL spokesman told The Daily Telegraph. 

The spokesperson added the NRL is yet to launch an investigation and would not comment on potential sanctions Luai could face. 

Some teammates told the publication the racially charged word is sometimes used between friends. 

Jarome Luai celebrate victory during the 2022 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium on Sunday

Jarome Luai celebrate victory during the 2022 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium on Sunday 

Luai was in September reportedly investigated by the NRL’s Integrity Unit after posting a video to social media containing a controversial rap song.

The tune was by western Sydney drill rap group One Four, who have been criticised for inciting violence with their lyrics. 

The group is from Mt Druitt, the same suburb where the premiership winning five-eighth hails from. 

The Panthers star was spotted kicking out at Isaiah Papali'i during the first half in Sydney

The Panthers star was spotted kicking out at Isaiah Papali’i during the first half in Sydney

Along with a stellar performance including two try-assists in Sunday’s match, Luai also came under fire from fans after appearing to kick Parramatta star Isaiah Papali’i following a tackle by teammate Brian To’o. 

But Papali’i denied there’d been anything out of the ordinary.

‘Nah, nah. Nah. There was no kick,’ he told Code Sports.

‘I nudged him in the back and he was angry. That’s footy, there’s a bit of niggle.’

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