Words: Steve Brown
Israel Folau would ‘absolutely’ repeat posting homophobic posts on social media.
The disgraced Australian rugby player is fighting against Rugby Australia in a federal court over the termination of his contract after continually posting anti-LGBTQ posts on Instagram.
The devout Christian was fired by the rugby body after posting on social media that all gay people will go to hell if they do not repent.
Now, according to court reports, the rugby union star said at the national conference of the conservative Australian Christian Lobby that he knew his posts would be ‘offensive’ but said he would ‘absolutely’ do it again.
Back in September, the RA and the Waratahs filed their defences revealing Folau had conceded before a league tribunal in May that his posts had breached the sport’s code of conduct and he knew the posts had the potential to offend the LGBTQ community.
It was after he refused to remove the posts that the tribunal were forced to terminate his contract, RA claims.
But Folau claimed his posts did not breach the code and says his sacking was based on his religion.
However, the RA rejects his claims saying the player’s faith have always been supported but insisted that as long as ‘these were done in a respectful and inclusive manner’.