Adam Doueihi, the Wests Tigers rugby league team's five-eighth, has landed in hot water for an offensive remark made on social media. The controversy was ignited when Doueihi dropped a curt comment, 'embarrassing post,' on an English Premier League post dedicated to discussing LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports.
This post was a laudable effort to educate fans on becoming allies and encouraging representation in sports, a stark contrast to viewpoints that downplay the importance of identity, focusing solely on performance.
Following the stir caused by Doueihi's comment, the Wests Tigers club stepped in, asking him to explain his actions. The comment, which had attracted thousands of likes, was then deleted by Doueihi. In his explanation to the club, Doueihi clarified that his comment was not intended to be homophobic.
He explained that the post's attempt at dictating speech was what he found embarrassing, not the subject of the post itself. Upon realizing that his comment could be misinterpreted as homophobic, Doueihi promptly removed it.
Doueihi's History with LGBTQ+ Issues
This incident is not the first time Doueihi has been linked with LGBTQ+ issues. He had previously expressed support for a controversial decision taken by a Sydney Catholic girls school. The school had prohibited its students from bringing female dates to a formal event, a decision that was met with significant backlash. This history, coupled with the recent incident, has brought Doueihi's approach to LGBTQ+ issues under scrutiny.
Adam Doueihi is not just known for his controversies. He is a prominent figure in the world of rugby, having suffered an ACL injury in April that caught the headlines. Despite the controversies and the injuries, Doueihi's commitment to the sport remains unshaken.