Israel Folau says he feels “vindicated” after reaching a settlement with Rugby Australia on Wednesday [Dec. 4]. Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW also apologized to Israel for sacking him and any “hurt or harm” the firing caused.
“We started this journey on behalf of all people of faith, to protect their rights of freedom of speech and religion,” Folau said in a video posted on his website. “We now look forward to the federal government enacting the legislation necessary to further protect and strengthen these rights for all Australians.”
“We are extremely pleased with the settlement reached today,” Folau continued. “With today’s acknowledgment and apology by Rugby Australia, we have been vindicated and can now move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family.”
“I believe in a God that’es in control of all things. Whatever His will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do.”
Australian star rugby player Israel “Izzy” Folau has done it again. He’s offended people by posting a Bible verse about sin and advising readers to repent. In 2018, Folau posted a similar message. This time, it cost him his multi-million dollar contract with Rugby Australia.
Earlier this year, Folau posted a statement on Instagram that is based on 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. It stated “Warning. Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters. Hell Awaits You. Repent! Only Jesus Saves.”
Offending LGBT Activists
Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle said that there wasn’t a specific clause in his contract but that Folau knew he wasn’t supposed to post Christian messages based on talks surrounding the year-old offense. “(There was no clause) within the contract but there was a number of documented meetings that were put in writing, both verbally and in writing, to Israel about our expectations,” she said. “It’s very disappointing from my perspective because I had a very direct and specific conversation with him about the expectations that I had,” she added. “He accepted that conversation, he said that he’d understood that conversation, he shook my hand at the end of that conversation, said he was very clear with it and yet he has gone off and done what he’s done.”