Words: Steve Brown
Ireland international rugby player Bundee Aki has apologised for ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s homophobic post claiming he didn’t realise the context of the post.
The devout Christian has posted a number of homophobic posts over the last few months but Folau’s recent post said ‘Hell awaits’ all gay people.
Following his post, the Wallabies star was fired by Rugby Australia for his homophobic stance.
But his post was liked by a number of rugby players including England’s Billy Vunipola and Ireland’s Aki.
On social media, Aki issued a statement saying: "I just want to address that I mistakenly liked Israel Folau's post without paying any attention to the content.
“When I realised what the post was about I immediately unliked it straight away, as it does not reflect my views as a Christian.
"Yes I do believe in God but my belief is that he is a God of kindness, peace and loves people in all aspects.
"I've family members, friends, and I've worked with many people who are gay, and I have nothing but love and respect for every one of them.
"I do want to apologise for any confusion or offence this may have caused anyone, and I will pay more attention to what I 'like' in future."
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