15 Jun 2010

Tahu says racist slur was not an isolated incident

7:33 am on 15 June 2010

The Parramatta rugby league star Timana Tahu says a racist remark by Andrew Johns that prompted him to walk out of the New South Wales Origin camp was not an isolated incident.

The Blues winger sensationally walked away from the New South Wales camp on Friday after taking offence to a racist comment made by former assistant coach Johns in a team meeting.

Tahu says the issue goes far beyond the weekend's slur and that it was not just one racial comment directed at one individual that offended him.

He says the remarks were directed at various races and the situation he encountered was totally unacceptable.

Johns subsequently stood down from his position, saying he was "shattered" to have offended Tahu, with whom he won an NRL championship at Newcastle in 2001.

Gold Coast centre Preston Campbell says he's proud of Tahu for taking the stand, while outspoken former New South Wales five-eighth Anthony Mundine says Indigenous players should boycott tomorrow night's Origin encounter in support of Tahu.