Seven News is reporting that domestic violence charges against former Bulldogs player Hazem El Masri have been dropped ahead of a hearing on Monday.
El Masri was charged with common assault, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, in 2015 after an alleged altercation with his estranged ex wife. El Masri pleased not guilty to the charges and pleaded his innocence the entire time.
The news really tarnished El Masri’s reputation at the times and it even lead to his ex wife defending him on Twitter. El Masri was a domestic violence campaigner and after these charges were made public last year he was dumped as an NRL ambassador and was removed from the White Ribbon campaign web site.
This is all really horrible to see play out. After what happened to Shaun Kenny-Dowall, and now this case, it is clear that the NRL, the media, and supporters need to tread very carefully when allegations like this surface.
There is no overturning the damage done to El Masri’s reputation. That is the sad thing in all of this. The damage has been done. It doesn’t seem right at all…