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Friday, 19 April 2019

Ablett breaks silence on involvement in Folau saga


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Geelong star Gary Ablett has broken his silence on his involvement in Israel Folau's anti-homosexual social media saga.

Ablett and Carlton youngster Matthew Kennedy were seen to have 'liked' the former Wallabies star's controversial post, prompting fans to ask for an explanation from the two-time Brownlow Medallist.

After almost a week of silence, Ablett took to his own personal Instagram account to reveal the reason behind his actions.

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"There has been a lot of coverage about Israel Folau’s post this week," Ablett wrote.

"It saddens me and my family to see how the coverage of this story has played out.

"I want to make it clear that I love ALL people regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality. "

Ablett went on to explain his admiration for Folau publicly sharing his faith.

"I have always admired how strong Izzy is in his faith, it is not easy to share faith in the public sphere, and this is why I initially 'liked' his post," he said.

Gary Ablett

"I understand that liking this post appeared offensive and this is why I chose to remove my 'like' from the post.

"As a Christian, I believe that God sent his one and only son Jesus to die on the cross so that anyone can come to have an intimate and personal relationship with him.

"This is the core message behind why I believe we celebrate Easter. I also believe that we are all sinners, that no one including myself is exempt from this and this is why Jesus died for us so that we could all be forgiven by God.

"God is a loving God and I pray that everyone will come to experience that same love as I have. Happy Easter everyone!"

Matthew Kennedy

Ablett's post comes after AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan revealed that the league had spoken to Ablett and Kennedy about their actions.

“The feedback I’ve got is that those players have strong faith and it was almost an instinctive thing to like it without really understanding what that individual post was about,” McLachlan told 3AW on Friday morning.

“What I’d say is that everyone is entitled to their views and beliefs but our sport is one of acceptance and inclusion of all people and people need to be mindful of that.

“Everyone is really, really clear about how we see our game being for everyone and we want an inclusive environment at all times and our players are on board with that.”

Israel Folau.

Since making his controversial Instagram post, which he is still yet to remove from his account, Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia.

Folau was given 48 hours to either accept the termination of his $4 million contract or request a code of conduct hearing, and has opted for the latter.

It has been reported that Folau will argue that Rugby Australia did not put specific social media clauses in his new deal, signed in February, and that he did not deliberately vilify any individual; that he was just quoting the bible.

The Wallabies star has chosen to fight his termination despite condemnation at all levels of the game, including a declaration from Test coach Michael Cheika that he would not select the fullback.

In a bizarre worst-case scenario, Folau could become a $1 million per season park footballer.

Geelong star Gary Ablett has broken his silence on his involvement in Israel Folau's anti-homosexual social media saga.

Ablett and Carlton youngster Matthew Kennedy were seen to have 'liked' the former Wallabies star's controversial post, prompting fans to ask for an explanation from the two-time Brownlow Medallist.

After almost a week of silence, Ablett took to his own personal Instagram account to reveal the reason behind his actions.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwdnh84hlkT/?utm_source=ig_embed&

"There has been a lot of coverage about Israel Folau’s post this week," Ablett wrote.

"It saddens me and my family to see how the coverage of this story has played out.

"I want to make it clear that I love ALL people regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality. "

Ablett went on to explain his admiration for Folau publicly sharing his faith.

"I have always admired how strong Izzy is in his faith, it is not easy to share faith in the public sphere, and this is why I initially 'liked' his post," he said.

Gary Ablett

"I understand that liking this post appeared offensive and this is why I chose to remove my 'like' from the post.

"As a Christian, I believe that God sent his one and only son Jesus to die on the cross so that anyone can come to have an intimate and personal relationship with him.

"This is the core message behind why I believe we celebrate Easter. I also believe that we are all sinners, that no one including myself is exempt from this and this is why Jesus died for us so that we could all be forgiven by God.

"God is a loving God and I pray that everyone will come to experience that same love as I have. Happy Easter everyone!"

Matthew Kennedy

Ablett's post comes after AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan revealed that the league had spoken to Ablett and Kennedy about their actions.

“The feedback I’ve got is that those players have strong faith and it was almost an instinctive thing to like it without really understanding what that individual post was about,” McLachlan told 3AW on Friday morning.

“What I’d say is that everyone is entitled to their views and beliefs but our sport is one of acceptance and inclusion of all people and people need to be mindful of that.

“Everyone is really, really clear about how we see our game being for everyone and we want an inclusive environment at all times and our players are on board with that.”

Israel Folau.

Since making his controversial Instagram post, which he is still yet to remove from his account, Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia.

Folau was given 48 hours to either accept the termination of his $4 million contract or request a code of conduct hearing, and has opted for the latter.

It has been reported that Folau will argue that Rugby Australia did not put specific social media clauses in his new deal, signed in February, and that he did not deliberately vilify any individual; that he was just quoting the bible.

The Wallabies star has chosen to fight his termination despite condemnation at all levels of the game, including a declaration from Test coach Michael Cheika that he would not select the fullback.

In a bizarre worst-case scenario, Folau could become a $1 million per season park footballer.

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