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Addo-Carr cops whack for Knockout tournament brawl, apologises for social media post on latest Israel-Palestine conflict

Andrew Mathieson -

Josh Addo-Carr has escaped without further penalty to an impending sanction during a chaotic start to his offseason that escalated on Thursday for supporting the invasion of a foreign land.

The Canterbury winger has apologised for sharing a social media post of events in recent days involving the actions of Palestinian group and Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, and likening their state of affairs to Indigenous land rights in Australia.

The unpopular exercise called on Bulldogs football manager Phil Gould to defend and intervene, on behalf of Addo-Carr, after intense scrutiny of the Gunggandji, Birrbay and Wiradjuri man's role in a brawl at the recent Koori Knockout carnival.

"We had a good chat," Gould told Nine on Friday.

"Josh has had an eventful couple of weeks.

"He was most apologetic and keen to redeem himself.

"Pressure and stress can manifest itself in different ways at times.

"He has called (NRL chief executive) Andrew Abdo and (NRL integrity unit boss) Jason King personally to offer his apologies.

"We will get him back on track."

The NRL integrity unit has cleared the premiership winner with Melbourne Storm to play the opening round of Canterbury's fixture next year.

He had been pulled out of the Australian Test squad earlier in the week for the Pacific Championships, and automatically banned for two matches after vision indicated that Addo-Carr threw the first punch at the knockout that instigated a wild melee.

A number of onlookers at his game on the Central Coast got further involved after the brawl spilled over the sidelines and into the crowd.

The separate investigative unit only finalised their decision on Friday from the incident that occurred nearly two weeks earlier, adding a $5000 fine, of which $3000 is suspended for 12 months, to the two-game suspension over the charge of bringing the game into disrepute.

Addo-Carr left the Kangaroos' camp last week as a result in the incident, NRL officials ticking off his ban to be served during this month's tournament and not the NRL season.

The upset star lashed out beforehand, via an Instagram post that he later deleted, which had raised concerns about his ongoing mindset with Canterbury.

"I would like to begin by apologising for any offence I have caused due to my recent social media post," Addo-Carr said.

In the statement that was released on Thursday, Addo-Carr admitted to not entirely being across the most recent developments in Israel and Palestine before sharing the post.

He implied the initial British colonisation of the continent, negating First Nations people's sovereignty with Australian governments since was of a similar nature to the UN-backed statehood of Israel since 1948 while not recognising the right of the Palestinian people to have full access of the land after it was once protected under British annexation.

"As a proud First Nations man, I saw a message of support against displacement and land rights, and I shared this without full consideration to, or understanding of, the current events happening overseas - I recognise that this is a mistake," Addo-Carr said.

"As soon as it was brought to my attention, I deleted my post and felt remorse.

"Having gone away and looked at what's happening overseas, it's a complex situation.

"There are no winners in war and where there is loss of life.

"The message I thought I was sharing, was a message of respect for all people.

"This is the message I wish to share now: respect; respect for each other, and each other's culture."

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