Ex-West Tigers Chairman Lee Hagipantelis pulls $1 million backing from club

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Former Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has terminated his $1 million Brydens Lawyers sponsorship for the NRL club.

According to Fox Sports, Hagipantelis delivered the news in a scathing two-page letter to the club.

The pulled sponsorship comes after Hagipantelis was unexpectedly dismissed in December 2023 as West Tigers Chairman, which he held for four years, following a shocking internal review.

His exit cast doubt over the future of the Tigers’ relationship with major sponsor Brydens Lawyers given Hagipantelis is the firm’s principal.

West Tigers Board Director Lee Hagipantelis and CEO Justin Pascoe. Photo Fox Sports.
Lee Hagipantelis (right). Photo: Fox Sports.

In his scathing letter, which was obtained by News Corp, Hagipantelis slammed the review process as a “sham,” took aim at new CEO Shane Richardson and sensationally referred to key stakeholders as “cowards.”

“…I find it most distasteful to contemplate the continuation of a relationship with Wests Tigers while these persons remain involved,” Hagipantelis wrote in his letter.

“I wish Wests Tigers every success in the future. I will continue to wholeheartedly support Benji, the Football Department, the players, and the staff.”

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