Hello sports fans. I am not one of you. I did not even know the first State Of Origin already happened this year. But I’m all you’ve got right now – and Israel Folau has hit the news so much lately even I know a bit about him -so let’s give it a crack, shall we?
Last month, Folau was sacked in May by Rugby Australia after a straight up heinous homophobic Instagram post by the high-profile footy player about a month prior.
The post, addressed to “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators” stated that “hell awaits you.”
He faced a Code of Conduct hearing over the post and was found guilty of a high-level breach of player conduct, which essentially ended his $4 million contract.
Two days ago, old mate made it known that he felt he was being unfairly treated for sharing his religious beliefs by hiring a bunch of lawyers to filed an unfair dismissal claim with Fair Work Australia.
At the time, Folau issued a statement saying “no Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion,” adding “a nation made up of so many different faiths and cultural backgrounds will never be truly rich unless this freedom applies to all of us.”
Fast forward to earlier today, with a very angry email by Folau to every Rugby Australia board member in which he demanded to be told how the confidential details of said Code of Conduct hearing made their way into the hands of the News Corp journalist who reported on them.
The letter, published by The Sunday Telegraph, is loooong and very clearly expresses his ongoing frustration.
“This is blatantly unfair,” the letter states, “As you know, the tribunal hearing must be closed and private, and Rugby Australia was obliged to keep all information confidential.”
“I would like to know why Rugby Australia has not managed to maintain the integrity of its processes and ensure that information was kept private and confidential,” it continued.
He also blames Rugby Australia for telling lies about him to the media, leading to what he feels is a misleading portrayal of who he is.
“It makes me sad that these things have apparently been told to the media by someone at Rugby Australia. If you are not the source, why has no-one come out to set the record straight?”Image: Getty Images / [Anthony Au-Yeung / Stringer]