- Panthers doco shows Jarome Luai’s side of the story
- Reveals how family dealt with social media abuse
- Fiancee says protecting kids from abuse is priority
Penrith five-eighth Jarome Luai is set to reveal the shocking toll that social media abuse has had on his family in a new documentary series about the Panthers premiership.
Luai played a key role in the Panthers’ three premiership triumphs and has been a mainstay for New South Wales since making his State of Origin debut.
The Samoa international has also been described as ‘the most polarising player in the NRL’ after on and off field incidents over the last several years.
A brand-new documentary, to premiere on 9Now on Friday called ‘Undisputed’ reveals how Luai and his family have coped with abuse from footy fans.
‘I’m glad our kids don’t know how to read,’ said Luai’s fiancee Bailey Paris Toleafoa.
Panthers star Jarome Luai is one of the most polarising characters in the NRL
A new docuseries presents his side of the story and reveals the shocking abuse the Panthers playmaker has received from angry footy fans over the years
‘Some things people just shouldn’t say. Our main thing is to protect our kids from seeing that stuff.
‘The Romey that you see outside is energetic, a loud mouth, all that – but he comes home and is completely different.’
Luai received huge backlash from fans after his message to angry fans following his team’s horror loss in Origin game two last year.
He wrote on Instagram ‘Chill, All you idiots have work tomorrow morning’ accompanied by several tears of joy emojis with rapper Tupac Shakur’s song ‘Me Against The World’ playing in the background.
Luai reflected on the post during the docuseries, saying he doesn’t regret what he did.
‘Everyone got angry with that post, but it was a laugh for me,’ he said.
‘It still is a laugh for me, and I don’t really regret it. There are a lot of people who can give it but not cop it. I don’t know how offensive that post was, but it was aimed at the people who know who they were and knew what they wrote.
‘I don’t know how many messages there were that night. It got to 999, then [Instagram] puts a cap on it. It doesn’t go any higher after that.
Luai’s fiancee Bailey Paris Toleafoa said she’s glad her kids cant read the abuse
‘All the messages are bad: racism, it’s everything you can think of. I’m just glad it’s me. It could be one of the young boys here at the club who might not have the same resilience or strength.
‘They [family] were the ones always telling me how angry they were about [the abuse]. I try to educate them that I can use it as motivation as well.
‘I don’t want the emotions of rugby league to come back and affect my family – I want to make sure they never see me frustrated; it’s about leaving footy outside’.
The three-time premiership-winning playmaker will join the Tigers at the end of the 2024 season.