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A highly religious professional tri-code footballer who publicly stated his opposition to gay marriage before, during and after the postal vote plebiscite has shocked people this week with further comments that indicated his religious-charged views towards homosexuality.
This comes as Wallabies star Israel Folau has said he is prepared to walk away from rugby if his situation becomes untenable due to his Christian beliefs.
People who don’t know anything about football or Folau’s upbringing have been quick to condemn the softly-spoken Christian who hasn’t done anything except play football for since he was a teenager.
“I just thought, you know, maybe he’d have the exact same opinions as me and all my other woke, white inner-city friends” says Dahlia (19), from Newtown.
“He needs to listen to some more Hack on Triple J”
Folau was heavily criticised for a post on Instagram two weeks ago in which he said God’s plan for gay people was “HELL”.
The 29-year-old said he was disappointed in the way Monday’s meeting with ARU chief executive Raelene Castle and NSW Rugby chief Andrew Hore to discuss his social media use was portrayed to the media by Castle.
As the son of devout Mormons from Brisbane’s working class southern suburbs has shocked the media with his adherence to religious scripture, so much so that people are questioning his right to play football at an elite level.
Despite the fact that there is literally no one as good as him to fill his position in the Wallabies or the Waratahs, Australians are willing to put their brief outrage over Folau’s poorly articulated God-bothering comments before anything else.
“He makes me feel like gay marriage laws didn’t pass in this country” said one woke Twitter user.
“I didn’t know who he was or what sport he played until this moment, but I have to say I am very disappointed in the Wallabies for harbouring softly-spoken highly-religious sportsmen with absolutely zero media training”