Support has come from far and wide following NZ Rugby’s ruling on the Chiefs’ end of season party celebration controversy. The resulting media backlash has brought many staunch Chiefs fans out of the woodwork, giving a voice to what they say is ‘the other side of the story’.
Sports broadcaster, Tony Veitch, was one of the first to offer support, describing the ruling as ‘fair’. He told Thai Castle, “Since this scandal broke, no one has thought about the impact this is having on those poor players. They’re going through hell, believe me.”
Swimmer Brock Turner has stated to Thai Castle’s US correspondent, “while I don’t know much about rugby, the Chiefs certainly embody much of what I stand for and I’d love to work for NZ Rugby someday. All this, over 20 minutes of action?”
It’s also understood veteran comedian Bill Cosby has offered to perform stand-up routines before each Chiefs home game as a ‘show of solidarity’.
NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew was understood to be delighted with the news, however he thought it wasn’t really his place to comment on anything specific.