Infotainment Factory: AFL stars embroiled in Folau controversy

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

AFL stars embroiled in Folau controversy


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A host of sports stars have shown support for Israel Folau's homophobic Instagram post, which is set to cost the Wallabies' star his rugby career in Australia.

The Herald Sun reports AFL stars Gary Ablett and Matthew Kennedy along with Wallabies players Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa were among thousands of Instagram users who expressed support by tapping “like” on Folau’s controversial post.

Cats star Ablett and Carlton's Kennedy are both deeply religious, although Ablett removed his like on Sunday.

Gary Ablett Jr

The Geelong club were unaware of Ablett's reaction to the post and were adamant they didn't order him to remove his support for the Wallabies' star's post.

As Folau fights for his right to express his religious freedom, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his "disrespectful" comments would currently make it impossible to pick the superstar for Australia at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Folau remains stood down by Rugby Australia over his latest social media tirade, which proclaimed homosexuals, drunks and atheists would go to hell unless they repented.

"Getting out in that disrespectful manner publicly is not what our team's about. When you play in the gold jersey, we represent everyone in Australia - everyone. Everyone that's out there supporting us. We don't pick and choose," Cheika said on Monday.

Rugby Australia is expected to notify Folau about his breach of contract on Monday, starting the formal disciplinary process which could lead to his sacking.

The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Folau after he had attended a church service in western Sydney and refused to back down on the comments.

“First and foremost, I live for God now,” Folau said.

“Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think.

“If that’s not to continue on playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”

A host of sports stars have shown support for Israel Folau's homophobic Instagram post, which is set to cost the Wallabies' star his rugby career in Australia.

The Herald Sun reports AFL stars Gary Ablett and Matthew Kennedy along with Wallabies players Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa were among thousands of Instagram users who expressed support by tapping “like” on Folau’s controversial post.

Cats star Ablett and Carlton's Kennedy are both deeply religious, although Ablett removed his like on Sunday.

Gary Ablett Jr

The Geelong club were unaware of Ablett's reaction to the post and were adamant they didn't order him to remove his support for the Wallabies' star's post.

As Folau fights for his right to express his religious freedom, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his "disrespectful" comments would currently make it impossible to pick the superstar for Australia at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Folau remains stood down by Rugby Australia over his latest social media tirade, which proclaimed homosexuals, drunks and atheists would go to hell unless they repented.

"Getting out in that disrespectful manner publicly is not what our team's about. When you play in the gold jersey, we represent everyone in Australia - everyone. Everyone that's out there supporting us. We don't pick and choose," Cheika said on Monday.

Rugby Australia is expected to notify Folau about his breach of contract on Monday, starting the formal disciplinary process which could lead to his sacking.

The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Folau after he had attended a church service in western Sydney and refused to back down on the comments.

“First and foremost, I live for God now,” Folau said.

“Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think.

“If that’s not to continue on playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”

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