“It was me” – Wolfman owns up to selling his 2011 premiership ring on eBay

“It was me” – Wolfman owns up to selling his 2011 premiership ring on eBay
David "Wolfman" Williams, the Manly player has admitted to selling his 2011 premiership ring on Ebay.
David “Wolfman” Williams, the Manly player has admitted to selling his 2011 premiership ring on eBay.

Imran Gashkori | Sports Journalist | Imran@betootaadvocate.com

20 November, 2014. 16:30

LAST WEEK it was revealed that a member of the 2011 Manly Sea Eagles squad had done the unthinkable — selling their NRL premiership ring on eBay for a fraction of its worth.

Today, The Betoota Advocate can reveal the name of the player at the centre of this controversy, as well as his shonky reasoning behind it all.

28-year-old David ‘Wolfman’ Williams has owned up to the “disrespectful money-grab”, breaking a record as the first player in history to give away league’s most valued grand final prize, flogging it online for the bargain basement price of $2300.

The unique piece of jewellery — which, encrusted in diamonds, is one of only 25 presented to the Sea Eagles three years ago — now belongs to a new owner, Toowoomba tattoo artist Danny Wighton.

Happier Times: David 'Wolfman' Williams takes to the field at Brookvale in round 3, 2011
Happier Times: David ‘Wolfman’ Williams takes to the field at Brookvale in round 3, 2011

Williams has stated that he didn’t feel he deserved the ring, or any ring for that matter – stating that he feels he is not responsible for any of the successes Manly has seen in his time there.

“I was always a passenger. There’s people out there who actually put in for the win… I wasn’t one of them. George Rose, Steve Matai, Brent Kite… these are the guys that actually deserve a ring like that. I was always a bit soft”

Many of the Sea Eagles fans have condemned his actions, while some are showing sympathy for the man who feels like he never belonged at the iconic Rugby League Club. In Round 25 of the 2011 NRL season, Williams broke his neck against Melbourne and was ruled out for the rest of season, missing out on Manly’s 24-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors in the 2011 NRL Grand Final. He was given 3 to 4 months to recover and was still considered a contributing member of the team after the premiership win.

Thom Jackson-Birmingham, a 26-year-old manly die-hard, gave The Advocate an insight into how the average punter feels about it all.

“He’s an absolute muppet mate! Betting on his own games, dying his beard all these fruity colours, SELLING HIS F**KING RING! I don’t care how broke he is, that’s not f**king on!”

Wolfman at the top of his game. Putting points on the board against Canberra.
Wolfman at the top of his game. Putting points on the board against Canberra.

Williams has refused to comment on whether the sale of his ring was related to his well-publicised financial woes, the same ones that forced him into betting on NRL matches online, some of which he was directly involved in. After being investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit, Dave Williams was suspended for majority of last season.

When asked if he felt this will affect the atmosphere in a club that he is still signed to, David Williams seemed oblivious to the drama.

“No! why would it affect the club I’m in? People don’t understand Manly… not even the fans. I would have thought the coaching staff would be happy for me to make an extra buck, so long as I stayed here. If selling my ring means I can live more comfortably in Manly… then so be it. It’s just a bit of bling.”

Spokespeople from the club are yet to comment.

 

4 Responses to "“It was me” – Wolfman owns up to selling his 2011 premiership ring on eBay"

  1. rachelle   December 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    You’re an absolute disgrace to the game and disrepectful to manly and their fans, You should be sacked and banned you fucking cheat. Saying that us fans don’t understand Manly is a fucking joke. Tell the truth you sold the ring because you have a gambling problem just like you threw the 2013 grand final, I bet that was because you owed bookies some money you scumbag. Get the fuck out of our great team and out of our great game !!!!. It’s you who doesn’t understand Manly.

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    • Tufflips   December 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Big fan of Shakespeare are you Rachelle?

      Reply
  2. DavidM   December 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The club should immediately put the skids under his arse and piss him off.

    Playing like shit, bad attitude, online gambling and disrespecting the club & supporters, why should he retained? There is always another player with a better attitude in this great game that can step up to his position.

    Saying that fans do not understand the club is shit. He doesn’t understand the club and the culture in it. Go on get on your bike and go somewhere else than Manly Warringah!

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