Leave Barba alone, says Hastings

Salford half-back Jackson Hastings has called on the media to stop “following and antagonising” Ben Barba after footage emerged showing the former Saints player being confronted by a reporter.

Barba is attempting to rebuild his life and career following allegations of assault, and Hastings has condemned the media’s apparent determination to “get a reaction” out of him.

“Leave him alone mate!” said Hastings.

“He’s paid the price and lost it all.

“Don’t go following and antagonising him to get a reaction and make out he’s reacting for no reason.

“We talk about mental health and suicide but yet we are happy to continue this through the media.

“Enough.”

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