Gina Rinehart Quietly Raises $2 Million From ANOTHER Netball Club After Arguing Over Dad’s Racist Comments — But Another Billionaire Rescuer Awaits In The Wings
- Rinehart’s company Roy Hill had a $2 million sponsorship with West Coast Fever
- She withdrew the sponsorship in October following the Netball Australia controversy
- Players refused to wear the Hancock Prospecting logo over Ms. Rinehart’s father
- He had made shocking remarks about Aboriginal people 38 years ago
- Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will now sponsor the WA netball team
The multi-million dollar netball sponsorship deal quietly torn up by Gina Rinehart after players questioned comments her father made about Indigenous Australians 40 years ago has been snapped up by another billionaire.
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, who heads the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), announced Friday that he would use part of his company’s fortune to become West Coast Fever’s title sponsor.
FMG entered into a four-year deal – worth $2.6 million – with the Perth-based netball team, with funding also going to Netball WA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation and Pathway program.
Ms. Rinehart withdrew her $15 million sponsorship with Netball Australia in October after drama unfolded with players wearing the Hancock Prospecting logo.
Gina Rinehart has torn up a $2 million sponsorship deal with the West Coast Fever netball team
Fortunately for West Coast Fever players, billionaire Andrew Forrest has stepped in with his company Fortescue Metals Group now the title sponsor
The late father of the mining magnate, Lang Hancock, who founded Hancock Prospecting, said in a shocking TV interview 38 years ago that Aboriginal people should be “sterilized” through the water supply.
“Those who aren’t good to themselves and can’t accept things, the half-bloods — and this is where most of the trouble comes,” said Mr. Hancock in the 1984 documentary Couldn’t Be Fairer.
“I would numb the water so that they are barren and would reproduce in the future and that would solve the problem.”
The racist comments led to Indigenous Diamonds star Donnell Wallam telling Netball Australia that she felt uncomfortable wearing the company logo on her uniform.
Wallam was supported by her teammates and when the media controversy exploded, Mrs. Rinehart completely rescinded her sponsorship deal.
As a result, the $2 million deal her company Roy Hill had with West Coast Fever was also broken.
Before Mr. Forrest stepped in, Simone Hansen, CEO of West Coast Fever, had urged netball players to think about the bigger picture around winning sponsorships for the game and women’s sport in general.
The Perth netball team had a sponsorship deal with Roy Hill, Mrs. Rinehart’s company
“I’d like all netball players across Australia to understand – I’m pretty sure our West Coast Fever players have that understanding and appreciation – that it’s not that simple. Money doesn’t grow on trees,” she told ABC Radio.
“We need to get out there and work hard and build relationships and get companies to see the value of getting involved in women’s sports and netball in particular – it’s not an easy task.
“Everyone should consider putting money into the sport, it’s not easy. Getting sponsorship money in women’s sports is even more difficult.’
At the time of the controversy, supporters of Ms Rinehart said she could not be held responsible for comments made by her father decades ago, and that she had done much to help the welfare of Aboriginal people.
The director of the Madalah educational charity, Clinton Wolf, said Ms Rinehart, through her Roy Hill Community Foundation, is one of his biggest supporters.
Rinehart withdrew the deal after Diamonds player Donnell Wallam (right) said she was uncomfortable wearing Rinehart’s logo because of racist comments her father made in the 1980s about ‘hatching’ indigenous peoples