Warriors prop Kane Evans facing ban for obscenity on wrist tape

New Zealand Warriors prop Kane Evans could find himself in hot water with the NRL after cameras captured an obscenity written on his wrist tape.

The 18th man for the Warriors wasn’t called upon despite his side suffering four injuries in its 30-16 loss to the Penrith Panthers on Sunday.

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Sitting on the bench at Suncorp Stadium, the broadcast cameras picked up the message on Evans’ wrist strapping, which read: “Fold some c**t”.

The swear word was noticed by ABC Grandstand commentator Andrew Moore, who was less than impressed.

“If Evans is that much of an imbecile, he should be suspended before he takes the field,” he said.

The expletive is likely to come under scrutiny from the NRL, who have previously cracked down on players with swear words or controversial messages on their wrist strapping.

In 2014, Evans’ current Warriors teammate Matt Lodge was suspended for two matches for writing the word “c**t” on his wrist tape during an under-20s State of Origin game.

And in 2016, Andrew Fifita was fined $20,000 for sporting a message of support for convicted one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge on his wrist.

Any suspension for Evans would be dire for the Warriors, who lost Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (concussion), Tohu Harris (ACL), Rocco Berry (hamstring) and Wayde Egan (shoulder) during the loss to the Panthers.

Kane Evans could be in trouble for having an offensive slogan written on his wrist.Source:FOX SPORTS

All four players could be facing extended stints on the sideline.

Tuivasa-Sheck suffered a nasty head knock which could see him out of action for several weeks, while Warriors coach Nathan Brown expects Harris and Egan will likely be out for the rest of the season.

“Roger is in the best shape. I think Tohu Harris has done his ACL which obviously is a terrible injury and Wayde Egan’s shoulder is not looking likely to play again this year and then Rocco has done his hamstring,” Brown said after the game.

The Warriors played the entire second half with no bench players and it took big games from Panthers stars Liam Martin, Viliame Kikau, Isaah Yeo and Brian To’o to seal the deal 30-16 at Suncorp Stadium.

There was real concern for Tuivasa-Sheck with the game halted for several minutes to check on his welfare. He had barely field when hooker Egan followed him up the tunnel with a shoulder injury in the 17th minute to leave the Warriors with one man on the bench.

Through it all, the Warriors refused to yield, with a rampaging Lodge and whiz kid Reece Walsh both setting up tries to give them a 10-4 lead.

Brown said it was “a huge effort” by his team.

“I want to say it is our best performance this year for sure and something we can take the club forward with if we take our lessons out of it. Playing with grit and commitment is far more beneficial than being technically sound,” Brown said.

“What was saw today was a group of people that appear like they want to play for each other.”

With NCA Newswire

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