Australian Rugby Star Dropped Following Homophobic Post

israel Folau (right) during the 2017 rugby Championship. Credit: David molloy photography, via Flickr.

Israel Folau, an Australian rugby player, will be cut from Rugby Australia following a homophobic Instagram post in April.

A three-person board decided on May 17 that the post broke the code of conduct, and that his contract should be terminated, according to CNN International. The post reads “Warning. drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters," reading underneath, "Hell awaits you."  

Folau is a devout Christian, and paraphrased a Bible verse, but added two words not mentioned in the verse that eventually got him dropped: “warning” and “hell,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

"The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God's word. Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club or country," Folau said in a press conference, according to CNN. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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