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Jamil Hopoate

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by flying sea eagle, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. flying sea eagle

    flying sea eagle Active Member

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    Jamil Hopoate, who had a promising NRL future before being imprisoned for his role in an assault, was released from Sydney's Long Bay prison on Friday and will soon be lecturing young footballers about the ramifications of alcohol-fuelled violence.

    Hopoate, 20, was contracted to Manly when he took part in an assault that was described by Downing Centre Local Court magistrate Jane Mottley as "savage and unprovoked", when he and a group of friends punched and kicked Alexander Christie outside the Ivanhoe Hotel at Manly.

    Hopoate was filmed attempting to kick Christie and even though he did not connect he was found equally as culpable as his co-offenders who were dealt with in the District Court.

    Another man who tried to stop the attack was assaulted. Hopoate pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company over the attack and served nine months of an 18-month sentence following a successful appeal in the District Court

    His manager Tyran Smith said it was important that the son of former rugby league international John Hopoate use his experiences to help other young footballers understand the consequences of their actions.

    "He's learnt a very big lesson," said Smith. "And he will be sharing what it meant to young people and it will carry a lot of meaning because the people he speaks to will be learning from someone who has been there and done it ... and, the truth is, it's not a very good story for Jamil to have to tell.

    "But he wants people to learn from him and I think that willingness for him to share that message is a powerful thing. He's mature enough to do it and he has genuinely learnt from his mistake."

    Smith said Hopoate's barrister Julieanne Levick was organising the lectures and it was hoped he could act as a mentor for young men who were in danger of following a similar dangerous path.

    It was expected Hopoate would talk to New Zealand international Suaia Matagi, who will play for Penrith next year, for advice on the best way to deliver his message.

    Matagi has been praised for his efforts to use the story of his imprisonment for an assault when he was a teenage gang member in New Zealand to steer vulnerable young men away from a prison cell. He wrote and performs in a one-man show that has been praised for its rawness. "I was in a prison cell with my hands cuffed behind my back," Matagi said of his introduction to prison. "That memory is the permanent mark of a criminal.

    "I stayed out of trouble [in prison] even though it's impossible in a place surrounded by dangerous possibilities. You have gangs, drugs ... it's all there, but I was focused on getting out early."

    Meanwhile, William Hopoate is still waiting for his case against Parramatta to be heard in the NSW Supreme Court as a result of the Eels not honouring his player's contract after months of protracted negotiations with the club.



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  2. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No mention of him coming back to play league again.

    I assume he will have to wait 12 months for a clearance from the NRL before he can assume his career. Maybe NSW cup next year.

    Hopefully he learns frrm his mistake although based on his father I somehow doubt it
     
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    • HappilyManly

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      Jamil and Matagi were exposed to the very same lectures from previous NRL jailbirds - why didn't they learn ? If they could honestly articulate that, then an effective deterrent program could result :wondering:

      If anything, these guys just reinforce the belief that you get endless chances in the NRL :cool:

      Hopefully Jamil also gets to visit the brain injury wards in hospitals and listens to the problems that the victims and their families live with for life . @:cool:
       
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      • pjayz

        pjayz Well-Known Member Premium Member

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        Exactly right, the victim is always lost in stories like this.
         
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        • The Who

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          Never a dull moment in the Hopoate family.
          I guess you have to take him at his word, that he has seen the error of his ways and is reformed.
          He's lucky that he is a talented footballer and has a job to go to, as there are always NRL clubs willing to overlook previous indiscretions if that player can improve their team.
           
        • Jase Seaeagle

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          We don't need this type in our Club. We have enough to sort out with any added to the fire.
           
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          • robbiea

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            This type can win us more premierships.
             
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            • Brothers manly

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              We already have that type in our club..........John Hopoate, coach.
               
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              • flying sea eagle

                flying sea eagle Active Member

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                Not to mention allegedly Fonua Blake and Willis Meehan, Maybe we're trying to start a prison team. Craig Field for coach anyone?
                 
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                • Frogz

                  Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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                  And that in itself is a disgrace.
                   
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                  • Freagle

                    Freagle Well-Known Member

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                    I think people deserve a second chance...but not a third. I think Jamil got booted from Parra for breaking out of camp, from memory, so a minor, in-club offence. I'd be thinking to give him a second go at Manly, but then I wasn't the one getting kicked in the head outside the Ivanhoe...
                     
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                    • Frogz

                      Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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                      A mid-range drink-driving conviction led to the P-plater being suspended from driving for six months. Then came NRL Rookie Camp in December, when Hopoate slept through breakfast and seminars on the final day after a night out in Kings Cross
                       
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                      • southsideeagle

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                        I has (had) that aggression on the field ... it works well to a point but was getting to the uncontrollable stage. I wonder if he can change that and apply it in a controlled manner ..hmmm that may be a stretch
                         
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                        • Shoe1

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                          True, but does he get points for planking on the manly wharf sign? That's gotta count for something.
                           
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                          • eagle66

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                            Too many guys who go to jail, like Jamil, find the church or want to become a leader in their community and teach others not to follow in their footsteps, however, too many of them do not change.
                             
                          • double hoops

                            double hoops Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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                            Like I said re fanua Blake. I believe you give these young kids a second chance. If they don't learn from there mistakes it is a different story.

                            Is Jamil on his 3rd or 4th chance!

                            I don't know?

                            If so. Time another young kid got given a go.
                             
                          • Jerry1

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                            This....
                             
                          • Brookvale2015

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                            Fox sports reporting manly want to resign jamil!
                             
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                            • Budgewoi Eagle

                              Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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                              Bozo looking more ordinary by the day. Immortal? Pfft.
                               
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                              • Shoe1

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                                Good player
                                 

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