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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Hastings sheds light on DCE 'incident'


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Former NRL star Jackson Hastings has shed some light on his reported altercation with former Manly teammate Daly Cherry Evans, which resulted in the playmaker leaving the NRL and taking up his career in the English Super League.

The 22-year-old was banished from the top grade at the Sea Eagles after reports spread of an incident with club captain Cherry-Evans after a loss to the Titans in Gladstone in round 5 last season.

After being dropped to reserve grade, Hastings has gone on to resurrect his career with Salford in the English Super League and has opened up about the alleged incident that sent his career into a nose dive.

Speaking on The Locker Room podcast with former Broncos winger Denan Kemp, Hastings maintains that he and DCE never came to blows and both players made up the next day.

He says in the end it was his fault for breaking team curfew on the night after officials prohibited players from leaving the team hotel.

“We got beat and we weren’t allowed to go out,” he said.

“To be honest, the worst thing we did was break curfew and it’s something that I look back on and it’s just so stupid.

“We wouldn’t even be sitting here talking about it if I just didn’t break curfew. It just pisses me off that I made such a dumb decision.

“Looking back, I just can’t believe that I broke curfew and that’s what s***s me the most.

“It’s true what they say, decisions make your career and I made a f***ing stupid one.”

Hastings rubbished claims he was involved in a physical fight with his former teammate but did admit that both players were involved in an incident.

“We went out to all hours of the morning and then the incident took place,” he said.

“I knew I’d f***ed up the morning of. I knew the decision that I’d made was terrible.

“There was no fight. What’s a fight? A fight is when two people punch the s*** out of each other. That never happened.

“The next day we sat down and spoke about it and we got on with it.

“I’m not angry at him. I’m not angry at anyone. I’m angry at myself for making such a s*** decision.”

Hastings admits he’s in a much better space now after experiencing the embarrassing demotion, with his time at Blacktown in the NSW Cup allowing him to appreciate his career like he hadn’t before.

“You’d see blokes turning up with dirt all over their faces, cuts all over their body,” he said of his move to Blacktown.

“I dragged coach aside one day and said, ‘I’m not in a position to be angry anymore... look at him, he’s just come from grafting a 12 hour day, digging holes or whatever they do and I’m complaining that I have to sit in a car for an hour and a half’.”

“It just made me realise that it’s my own fault and that being bitter is not going to help, being sour towards everyone is not going to help. Turn up with a good attitude and just train hard.”

Former NRL star Jackson Hastings has shed some light on his reported altercation with former Manly teammate Daly Cherry Evans, which resulted in the playmaker leaving the NRL and taking up his career in the English Super League.

The 22-year-old was banished from the top grade at the Sea Eagles after reports spread of an incident with club captain Cherry-Evans after a loss to the Titans in Gladstone in round 5 last season.

After being dropped to reserve grade, Hastings has gone on to resurrect his career with Salford in the English Super League and has opened up about the alleged incident that sent his career into a nose dive.

Speaking on The Locker Room podcast with former Broncos winger Denan Kemp, Hastings maintains that he and DCE never came to blows and both players made up the next day.

He says in the end it was his fault for breaking team curfew on the night after officials prohibited players from leaving the team hotel.

“We got beat and we weren’t allowed to go out,” he said.

“To be honest, the worst thing we did was break curfew and it’s something that I look back on and it’s just so stupid.

“We wouldn’t even be sitting here talking about it if I just didn’t break curfew. It just pisses me off that I made such a dumb decision.

“Looking back, I just can’t believe that I broke curfew and that’s what s***s me the most.

“It’s true what they say, decisions make your career and I made a f***ing stupid one.”

Hastings rubbished claims he was involved in a physical fight with his former teammate but did admit that both players were involved in an incident.

“We went out to all hours of the morning and then the incident took place,” he said.

“I knew I’d f***ed up the morning of. I knew the decision that I’d made was terrible.

“There was no fight. What’s a fight? A fight is when two people punch the s*** out of each other. That never happened.

“The next day we sat down and spoke about it and we got on with it.

“I’m not angry at him. I’m not angry at anyone. I’m angry at myself for making such a s*** decision.”

Hastings admits he’s in a much better space now after experiencing the embarrassing demotion, with his time at Blacktown in the NSW Cup allowing him to appreciate his career like he hadn’t before.

“You’d see blokes turning up with dirt all over their faces, cuts all over their body,” he said of his move to Blacktown.

“I dragged coach aside one day and said, ‘I’m not in a position to be angry anymore... look at him, he’s just come from grafting a 12 hour day, digging holes or whatever they do and I’m complaining that I have to sit in a car for an hour and a half’.”

“It just made me realise that it’s my own fault and that being bitter is not going to help, being sour towards everyone is not going to help. Turn up with a good attitude and just train hard.”

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