Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 04:31 AM

Nadolo cops racial slur upon return home

Canterbury wing sensation Nemani Nadolo has reportedly been subjected to racial abuse upon his return to Christchurch after the Crusaders’ Super XV final loss to the Waratahs.

The disgusting slur from a member of the public, as repeated in Nadolo’s tweet (below) in the early hours of Monday morning, apparently came while he was drinking with teammates in Christchurch on Sunday night.

Nadolo was understandably upset and vented his feelings on Twitter, but the outpouring of support for the Fijian powerhouse helped ease the blow and he has since moved on from the incident.

The 125kg winger has been one of the Super Rugby season’s great individual success stories, while he was one of the Crusaders’ best in the 33-32 defeat on Saturday night, scoring a try and making several big plays with his rare blend of immense size, power, speed and ball skills.

Canterbury coach Todd Blackadder also spoke out in support of Nadolo and denounced the racism star athletes are still occasionally subjected to.

“It’s always really disappointing. These things really hurt and shouldn’t be condoned or tolerated by anyone,” Blackadder said.

“You’d find 99.99 per cent of our city and our fans would never use that language or tolerate it. These comments (to Nadolo) do not reflect the wonderful people of Canterbury and Christchurch.”

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