BY STAFF WRITERS
TFH Hire are facing severe public backlash after reportedly pulling their sponsorship of the battling Gold Coast Titans and using Titans player Ryan James’ Grand Final ‘Welcome to Country’ as a reason why.
According to The Courier-Mail, the long-time Titans sponsor was backing out on their 2020 agreement for several reasons but incredibly, the company used James’ hiccup as one of the reasons, labeling his address as “embarrassing” and “offensive”.
“The embarrassing performance of Ryan James in his speech last weekend was offensive and weighed heavily on this decision,” TFH director Brett Thomas wrote to the Titans.
“Additionally, the well documented doubts regarding the club’s future in 2020 was also relevantly considered..”
A nervous James, a proud Indigenous man, was cheered by the 80,000-strong crowd at ANZ Stadium for his minor bungle with officials quickly moving on to the national anthem.
Fans and media personalities have already social media annihilating the hire company.