What I find most annoying about the Fifita situation, is the same people who are crucifying him for wearing an armband are the same people who would say that a true Aussie would always support his mates.
You might think it obvious that there is an unwritten big asterisk next to the 'always' there, but the league community has lots of experience supporting guys who have (allegedly) done wrong.
League players can seemingly do whatever they want and still retain tonnes of support from the league community. Andrew Johns, Matthew Johns, Todd Carney, Josh Dugan, Kirisome Auva'a, Greg Bird, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Carter, Karmichael Hunt, Darius Boyd, Sam Thaiday, James Roberts, Darren Lockyer, Robert Lui, Greg Inglis, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Brett Stewart etc.
They've all done things that attract condemnation from a large part of community yet have always received a tonne of support from fans/clubs. Many of these people have later been acquitted of what they were accused of but even in the lead up to that they are rarely abandoned to the wolves - although the NRL is very inconsistent in its approach in this regard.
But even those that face punishment are almost always forgiven fairly quickly.
Its rare to find someone like Steve Irwin or Sandor Earl who actually has to pay a price for an indiscretion