Police advised Manly to stand Hopoate down as SG ball coach.
Manly looking at a santion crom the NRL over it.
They should be fined for the utter stupididty of hiring such a low human. Will Hopoate seems like such a decent kid, its hard to believe this grub is his father.
Not a fan of Hoppa or the idea of him as a coach, but on what basis have the police got involved? Very strange.
Police warned Manly on John Hopoate
THE AUSTRALIANFEBRUARY 20, 2016 12:00AM
Senior sports writer
Former rugby league player John Hopoate is believed to have been told he can’t continue coaching.
Manly are believed to have parted ways with John Hopoate only a matter of weeks after the club ignored advice from the NSW Police and allowed the controversial former Sea Eagles winger to continue coaching of their SG Ball side.
Detective inspector Wayne Walpole last night confirmed to The Weekend Australian he had met Manly powerbrokers Bob Fulton and Joe Kelly, as well as NRL head of integrity Nick Weeks, three weeks ago and outlined the organised crime squad’s concerns over Hopoate’s involvement in rugby league.
It is understood NSW Rugby League chief executive David Trodden was also invited to attend the meeting but declined. Earlier this week, Trodden defended the decision to allow Hopoate to coach the Sea Eagles’ under 18 team, which falls under the auspices of his organisation.
Among the concerns outlined by Inspector Walpole was the decision to ban Hopoate from Sydney’s Star City casino last year under section 81 of the Casino Control Act. Walpole declined to go into the details behind that ban due to confidentiality provisions.
However, he confirmed he had provided advice to Manly in relation to Hopoate and advised the club that the organised crime squad felt he should not be coaching teenagers.
“I have had meetings with the NRL and Manly Sea Eagles and we supplied certain advice,” Walpole said.
“That advice was in relation to the open source material that was available to Manly. The important thing is that Hopoate was identified as a potential threat to the operations of the casino.
“So we took the steps to have him excluded. I can’t really add any more to that. The commissioner hasn’t taken that step lightly.
“There were only about 28 (people) excluded in 2015. Hopoate was one of them. The holdings we relied on to exclude him are confidential. They can’t be released.
“Having done that in July last year and taken the steps to have him excluded from the casino, it was our point of view that the same person being appointed to coach an elite under 18s side where you’re dealing predominantly with 17-year-olds, I and the squad felt wasn’t appropriate.
“I sat down with Nick Weeks, with Bob Fulton and Joe Kelly. I gave them our views. They’re intelligent men.”
Walpole also revealed he had provided a letter to the NRL outlining information regarding Hopoate. Despite Manly’s attendance at the meeting, and pressure from the NRL to sever ties with Hopoate, the club still allowed him to coach their SG Ball side last weekend.
His days now appear numbered as the side’s coach. The NRL met Kelly and Manly chairman Scott Penn again yesterday where it is understood the club was warned it faced a breach unless it removed Hopoate from his position.
Manly officials went into hiding last night. Neither Penn nor Kelly returned calls or text messages from The Weekend Australian concerning Hopoate, who has a long history of forgettable and unsavoury incidents.
Arguably his most infamous case came in 2001 when he was suspended for 12 matches for inserting his fingers up the rectums of three North Queensland Cowboys players.
In 2003 he was fined $5000 for breaching his contract at Manly after he was found to have used a false name to play in a fifth grade rugby union match. The following season he was suspended for a total of nine games for abusing a touch judge and fighting in a match against Parramatta.
His NRL career came to an end in 2005 when he was banned for 17 matches for a late shoulder charge on Cronulla forward Keith Galloway. Fed up with his behaviour, the Sea Eagles terminated his contract.
Controversy still dogged Hopoate once his career was over with the former winger charged in 2010 with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray for bashing a man while working as a bouncer at a hotel in Kings Cross.
It later emerged Hopoate was employed only as a Responsible Service of Alcohol marshall and not as security. In 2013 he was fined $400 for intimidating a parking officer who was writing a ticket for the player’s silver BMW outside the same Trademark Hotel.
Meanwhile. reports emerged yesterday that Parramatta were close to reaching a ceasefire with the NRL over a dispute that could have left the club starting on minus four competition points this season.
The Eels have until February 29 to satisfy the NRL on a number of criteria that were outlined by global accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers into their corporate governance.
PwC recommended the board move towards yearly elections with only a third of directors required to stand, but the club was refusing to budge on their current model of elections every two years.
Hopa influencing young kids minds…Ummm… NO…should be as far away as possible…GRUB…