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Sunday, 11 August 2019

McGuire's wife slams 'disgusting' death threats


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The wife of under-fire NRL star Josh McGuire has hit back at fans abusing the North Queensland Cowboys enforcer, and called on greater understanding of players' mental health.

Tanyssa McGuire shared a photo of the footy player with one of his daughters alongside a heartfelt post, defending his character and revealing the shocking level of abuse that has been directed at their family in the fall-out of yet another apparent 'eye gouge' incident involving the Origin lock.

She said she was "sickened" by the reactions from fans and media, and told how McGuire had even received death threats online after he was suspended for three games for a grade two contrary conduct charge, having unnecessarily put his hands in the face of David Fifita in the Broncos' win over the Cowboys.

Locky and Billy react to McGuire facial

There wasn't enough evidence to charge McGuire with an eye gouge in that incident, however the Queenslander's aggressive, sometimes questionable ruck-play has become a central talking point of the code after his third contrary conduct charge for "a facial" this season.

"See this guy right here? He's a footy player, he plays football for a living, he provides for his family through doing so. He's also a dad, to two beautiful children, and a loyal and caring husband. He's a son, son-in-law, brother and an incredibly good friend to many. He's also a human, and has feelings like you and I," she wrote in the caption.

"Of late, he has been receiving death threat upon death threat. Countless threats of the most unthinkable things.

"Mental health is constantly being spoken about within the NRL and yet what I am witnessing is the absolute bashing of a man who can only take so much before that thick skin starts to soften.

"Not only from fans but from most media outlets and personalities as well. I am beyond sickened and disappointed and have witnessed more then [sic] enough moments of sadness for me to not make a stand and have a voice on this.

"It needs to change."

https://www.instagram.com/p/B07jBErgyqg/

Mrs McGuire also spoke to local newspaper, the Townsville Bulletin, where she claimed her husband had spoken to Cowboys club bosses over the relentless online abuse.

"He's been getting absolutely hammered, relentlessly — like hundreds every morning and they are just the most disgusting things," Mrs McGuire said.

"He's just really withdrawn when normally he's very bubbly and a big jokester but he's developed a sad demeanour and finding it hard to find joy, he absolutely loves football and us but it's finally taken a toll.

"He had someone a couple of days ago saying they hope he gets hit by a bus so his kids don't have to grow up with Josh McGuire as their dad.

"He accessed support as of today. I think since the suspension that paired with the comments he's at the point where he said I need to involve other people and talk to someone."

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUlMwUgQG0/

The latest on-field controversy involving McGuire drew the ire of the rugby league community after string of similar incidents involving the 29-year-old.

McGuire's wife's comments come after the wife of Ben Hunt spoke out last year about her concerns for her his wellbeing after his performances were continuously questioned.

Wests Tigers winger Paul Momirovski was also the subject of heavy social media criticism over the weekend after missing a conversion attempt that would have sent their match against Canterbury into golden point.

If you or anyone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000

The wife of under-fire NRL star Josh McGuire has hit back at fans abusing the North Queensland Cowboys enforcer, and called on greater understanding of players' mental health.

Tanyssa McGuire shared a photo of the footy player with one of his daughters alongside a heartfelt post, defending his character and revealing the shocking level of abuse that has been directed at their family in the fall-out of yet another apparent 'eye gouge' incident involving the Origin lock.

She said she was "sickened" by the reactions from fans and media, and told how McGuire had even received death threats online after he was suspended for three games for a grade two contrary conduct charge, having unnecessarily put his hands in the face of David Fifita in the Broncos' win over the Cowboys.

Locky and Billy react to McGuire facial

There wasn't enough evidence to charge McGuire with an eye gouge in that incident, however the Queenslander's aggressive, sometimes questionable ruck-play has become a central talking point of the code after his third contrary conduct charge for "a facial" this season.

"See this guy right here? He's a footy player, he plays football for a living, he provides for his family through doing so. He's also a dad, to two beautiful children, and a loyal and caring husband. He's a son, son-in-law, brother and an incredibly good friend to many. He's also a human, and has feelings like you and I," she wrote in the caption.

"Of late, he has been receiving death threat upon death threat. Countless threats of the most unthinkable things.

"Mental health is constantly being spoken about within the NRL and yet what I am witnessing is the absolute bashing of a man who can only take so much before that thick skin starts to soften.

"Not only from fans but from most media outlets and personalities as well. I am beyond sickened and disappointed and have witnessed more then [sic] enough moments of sadness for me to not make a stand and have a voice on this.

"It needs to change."

https://www.instagram.com/p/B07jBErgyqg/

Mrs McGuire also spoke to local newspaper, the Townsville Bulletin, where she claimed her husband had spoken to Cowboys club bosses over the relentless online abuse.

"He's been getting absolutely hammered, relentlessly — like hundreds every morning and they are just the most disgusting things," Mrs McGuire said.

"He's just really withdrawn when normally he's very bubbly and a big jokester but he's developed a sad demeanour and finding it hard to find joy, he absolutely loves football and us but it's finally taken a toll.

"He had someone a couple of days ago saying they hope he gets hit by a bus so his kids don't have to grow up with Josh McGuire as their dad.

"He accessed support as of today. I think since the suspension that paired with the comments he's at the point where he said I need to involve other people and talk to someone."

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUlMwUgQG0/

The latest on-field controversy involving McGuire drew the ire of the rugby league community after string of similar incidents involving the 29-year-old.

McGuire's wife's comments come after the wife of Ben Hunt spoke out last year about her concerns for her his wellbeing after his performances were continuously questioned.

Wests Tigers winger Paul Momirovski was also the subject of heavy social media criticism over the weekend after missing a conversion attempt that would have sent their match against Canterbury into golden point.

If you or anyone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000

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