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                                                                                           By Tim Mottram

 ecently, a famous   Eels to Premiership glory in   to Alexandria from Newcastle,   not the only star with a huge   a Wolli Creek home in Sydney’s
 former rugby   2009. From there, the classic   and decided to swing by the   ego with a huge sense of   south. Jamil Hopoate’s rugby   It is about
 league star   tale of rags to riches ensues.   home of a fan.   entitlement.  league career is in limbo   time that some
 Rwanted to watch   Loved and admired, rich   The victim, on realising that   The list of recent incidents   after the former Broncos   of these high
 the NRL, so naturally he   and successful, surrounded   he had a taxi waiting, realised   by NRL, AFL and other sports   back-rower was charged   profile, highly
 asked if they could hook up   by hangers on and money   just exactly what her status   stars is growing longer by the   with hitting his partner to   paid sports stars
 Foxtel to his room.   grabbers. Hayne had it all, so   was in this scenario, and   week.   the ground before allegedly   started acting
 The answer was no.   he thought he could really   decided that she would not be   Sam Burgess, the 32-year-  getting in his car and driving
 Prisoners only get free-to-air   have it all.   engaging in sex: a fact that she   old former South Sydney   away from the scene. Dylan   responsibly
 channels.   shared with her mother. As it   captain has recently come out   Walker has escaped without   and conducted
 The word “no” shadows the   So today, Jarryd   turned out, Hayne had other   of a month in a rehabilitation   conviction after admitting   themselves in
 life of Jarryd Hayne. Perhaps   ideas.   facility after he stood himself   to drunkenly pushing a man   a manner that
 if he had heard it more often   Hayne sits in   So today, Jarryd Hayne sits   down from his club late last   outside a Sydney northern   demands our
 - or heeded it when it really   Cooma serving   in Cooma serving a 5 year   year. He escaped a conviction   beaches pizza restaurant. He   respect and
 mattered – his life could   a 5 year 9 month   9 month sentence, where   for driving with cocaine in his   was sentenced to an 18-month
 have turned out differently.   sentence, where   he sews prisoner uniforms   blood after being pulled over   conditional release order after   adulation.
 But there is a sense that the   he sews prisoner   for money to spend in the   pleading guilty to one count of
 endemic entitlement shown by   uniforms for   commissary. Formerly a   He was given so   common assault relating to an   least four women accused him
 Hayne throughout his career   money to   millionaire, now he makes   incident in November. The list   of sending sexually explicit
 is central to his character.   between $24 and $70 per   much that he just   of NRL bad boys goes on.  photos and videos of himself
 The signs can be read in   spend in the   week. Before his transfer, his   thought he could   Some AFL stars can also   via social media.
 the defence he hid behind   commissary.  entitlement was experienced   keep taking what   flout the law and fail to show   It is about time that some
 throughout his trial for sexual   at Parklea prison in Sydney.   he wanted.   any respect for women.  of these high profile, highly
 assault, and in his subsequent   The events of that night   There is the Foxtel story   Elijah Taylor, the Former   paid sports stars started acting
 behaviour.   in 2018 are painful but at the   of course, but he was also   in an unregistered BMW on the   Sydney Swans forward   responsibly and conducted
 There is nothing particularly   same time totally mundane.   unceremoniously told that   Hume Highway in February  who has been banned from   themselves in a manner that
 complex in the path that took   On the tail end of a two-day   his laundry would be done on   Ex-NRL player Tristan Sailor   the 2021 season after he   demands our respect and
 him to the freezing cold of   buck’s party, Hayne decided   its assigned day: despite his   has pleaded not guilty and will   pleaded guilty to assaulting   adulation rather than dragging
 Cooma Correctional Facility.   to act on some online flirting   request for a special service.   fight allegations he sexually   ex-girlfriend Lekahni Pearce,   their name and the sport that
 Hailing from the low-income   that had been going on for   He was given so much that   assaulted a woman following a   and Jonathon Patton, the   has provided them with an
 estates of Minto in Sydney’s   some time. Needing to be   he just thought he could keep   night of drinking in 2020. He is   AFL former No. 1 draft pick    indulgent lifestyle through the
 West, he single-handedly   back in Sydney for an event,   taking what he wanted.   accused of sexually assaulting   who was stood down by the   mud.
 dragged the Parramatta   he negotiated a taxi ride back   Unfortunately, Hayne is   the then 24-year-old woman at   Hawks in January when at

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