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Foordy

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James Ackerman's mother is suing Francis Molo, The Brisbane Broncos and the Norths Devils for the death of her son.

She is seeking $373,646 in damages for the PTSD she says she suffered as a result of James death 7 years ago.
 

1910

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James Ackerman's mother is suing Francis Molo, The Brisbane Broncos and the Norths Devils for the death of her son.

She is seeking $373,646 in damages for the PTSD she says she suffered as a result of James death 7 years ago.

Like Phillip Hughes there are no winners or argument. If you say it was just an accident- you're minimising a death to a mum, if you destroy Molo's life you're punishing him for a horrible accident.

Whole thing is horrible.

The same as Hughes- the Blues bowled short and now he's dead the parents are saying he was told to play with aggression and now our son is dead.
 

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Has support been provided to the family since it happened?
 

GKDonkey

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Tbf broncos could just cover that money easily. And then we all could move on
 

Sproj

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Tbf broncos could just cover that money easily. And then we all could move on

I imagine they will pretty willingly cover some but it would be interesting to know if they have provided support previously because under the old regime, I bet they wouldn’t even have thought of it.
 

1910

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I imagine they will pretty willingly cover some but it would be interesting to know if they have provided support previously because under the old regime, I bet they wouldn’t even have thought of it.

That is just ridiculous; White was terrific at community.

The Broncos, Storm, NRL and QRL all facilitated a lunch to raise money for the Family trust in 2015, it raised $340k for the family.
 

Sproj

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That is just ridiculous; White was terrific at community.

The Broncos, Storm, NRL and QRL all facilitated a lunch to raise money for the Family trust in 2015, it raised $340k for the family.

Anything else?
 

john1420

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Some of you people go too far I swear
Why? It's a good question I think.
A mother lost her son. Giving her $340k is a helpful gesture, but giving her free ongoing grief counselling for as long as she needs (whole family too of course) is what she/they need.
It's good to be able to pay the bills, but you aren't counting your bank balance when you are grieving the loss of a loved one.
So in such a case "What else have they done?" is a very fair question.
 

Wolfie

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Why? It's a good question I think.
A mother lost her son. Giving her $340k is a helpful gesture, but giving her free ongoing grief counselling for as long as she needs (whole family too of course) is what she/they need.
It's good to be able to pay the bills, but you aren't counting your bank balance when you are grieving the loss of a loved one.
So in such a case "What else have they done?" is a very fair question.

Might sound harsh, but i dont know what people are expecting the Broncos ( or Norths for that matter as they are involved in this ) to do here. Its been 6 and a half years since that tragic incident with Ackers. I dont get why people think the Broncos are responsible for this. I'm sure if they reached out to Brisbane they would be more than happy to help them out with plenty of things, but i dont feel we should be responsible to support his family financially.

I get they have an issue with Molo, its understandable and i dont blame them. His mother has pretty much come out publicly and said so. They are bitter that Molo has played for QLD and is having some success now while their son isnt here. I also think Molo should have taken the time to speak to them as well personally, but thats another story. There can never been a good outcome for anyone in this sad story.
 

1910

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Might sound harsh, but i dont know what people are expecting the Broncos ( or Norths for that matter as they are involved in this ) to do here. Its been 6 and a half years since that tragic incident with Ackers. I dont get why people think the Broncos are responsible for this. I'm sure if they reached out to Brisbane they would be more than happy to help them out with plenty of things, but i dont feel we should be responsible to support his family financially.

I get they have an issue with Molo, its understandable and i dont blame them. His mother has pretty much come out publicly and said so. They are bitter that Molo has played for QLD and is having some success now while their son isnt here. I also think Molo should have taken the time to speak to them as well personally, but thats another story. There can never been a good outcome for anyone in this sad story.

The issue is and she said this at the enquiry is that Molo did it another two times the next year and the Broncos didn't speak to him at anytime to stop him.

That's why she is holding the Broncos and Norths responsible.
 

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Why? It's a good question I think.
A mother lost her son. Giving her $340k is a helpful gesture, but giving her free ongoing grief counselling for as long as she needs (whole family too of course) is what she/they need.
It's good to be able to pay the bills, but you aren't counting your bank balance when you are grieving the loss of a loved one.
So in such a case "What else have they done?" is a very fair question.

The Falcons/Storm have handled a lot of that.

I think the money is relevant because that's what the family are seeking- they aren't asking for counselling- it's nearly the exact same amount.
 

Wolfie

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The issue is and she said this at the enquiry is that Molo did it another two times the next year and the Broncos didn't speak to him at anytime to stop him.

That's why she is holding the Broncos and Norths responsible.
I certainly know he was told at one point he had to work on his tackling style by the staff at the Broncos, but i couldnt say if it was a one off or not. Could well have been. Thing is though, players know its it illegal in the current game but sometimes it still happens. Not sure you can hold a club responsible for a player making a split second decision to do something in a game. And once you have the history he has its going to be amplified ( rightly so ) every time he does something like that.
 

Kaz

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I think it's opening a can of worms if she gets a payout.

Then the wife & kids could put in a claim.
 

Morkel

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I hate to say it and I don't know the situation at all...

But if the family previous got a few hundred thousand, it could be a similar case to when people win the lottery. It's not really lottery money, but a lot for some people, they could very well have had the best intentions but inevitably blew it all with nothing to show for it. This might be their "if only we can win it again this time we won't squander it" moment.
 

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The issue is and she said this at the enquiry is that Molo did it another two times the next year and the Broncos didn't speak to him at anytime to stop him.

That's why she is holding the Broncos and Norths responsible.
I don’t follow. I mean, I get why she’d be upset that he kept doing it after the fact but how would that entitle her to take legal action?
 

I bleed Maroon

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I absolutely sympathize with her and I hope the club just pay her out to save a big drama in court, but I have to say suing Molo specifically is pretty brutal. He's had time to get past this event which I'm certain was horrific for him as well, and now it's being dredged up again and has the potential to wreck him financially.
 

Kimlo

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I absolutely sympathize with her and I hope the club just pay her out to save a big drama in court, but I have to say suing Molo specifically is pretty brutal. He's had time to get past this event which I'm certain was horrific for him as well, and now it's being dredged up again and has the potential to wreck him financially.
I'd feel more sorry for him if the dickhead didn't come back from the suspension after killing a guy, only to go all in on a shoulder charge his first game back.

No respect for Molo, at all. That one action there made me immediately lose respect for him for life.
 

mitch222

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Isn't this what player insurance is for? Naming Brisbane in this is purely a legal tactic to put a bigger brand against the lawsuit. It was an accident plain and simple unfortunately. Its actually interesting to see if the statute of limitations has passed on this already.
 

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