Apparently, it was a group of 8-10 people that baited the Tigers star, with the men allegedly calling him a black c*** and telling him to f*** off back to New Zealand.
Marshall’s manager Martin Tauber, confirmed that Marshall did indeed punch one of them as a result of the racial taunts.
Marshall, who is the new face of league, was given the opportunity to officially launch the 2011 NRL season at Casula.
Lydia Marshall, Benji’s mother, said that the incident had her quite literally, in tears.
‘I just can’t believe it,” she said in tears.
”He’s helping out the community of a country he’s not even from. I’m dumbfounded – it upsets me immensely people could do that.
”It’s not his fault that he’s been put up on that pedestal. How can they do that to him? That’s what they do, they push him and push him and push him so much. They know he’s up there; they’re just waiting for a reaction.
”Why can’t they leave him alone? I just don’t understand. He’s trying to do his best for kids and people with sickness and this is what they do.”
Marshall had attended a black-tie dinner at the illustrious Four Seasons Hotel, which was a fund-raising partnership between Marshall’s foundation and Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia.
”The boy is not at fault,” Tauber said.
‘When you’re baited and racially abused like that – not once, not twice but three times – what else would you do? His girlfriend was with him; there were girls there. To be baited like that, to prove to your mates you have a super ego, is just crazy.”