Israel Folau Offers To Quit & Refuses To Back Down On Homophobic Comment

Israel Folau

Israel Folau Offers To Quit & Refuses To Back Down On Homophobic Comment

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson concedes Israel Folau's playing future remains up in the air after the Wallabies fullback doubled down on his controversial comments on homosexuality.

"Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God", Folau responded, provoking outcry, with many people accusing him of homophobia.

'I felt Raelene misrepresented my position and my comments, and did so to appease other people, which is an issue I need to discuss with her and others at Rugby Australia, ' he said. "We accept Israel's position", Castle said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Rugby Australia will use this experience as an opportunity to remind all employees of their obligation to use social media in a respectful way", she added.

"After we'd all talked, I told Raelene if she felt the situation had become untenable - that I was hurting Rugby Australia, its sponsors and the Australian rugby community to such a degree that things couldn't be worked through - I would walk away from my contract, immediately", Folau wrote.

Folau's contract with RA expires at the end of the season and he denied he was trying to get "a release" from that to pursue a deal in the NRL, where he used to play for Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm.

"I know those discussions are ongoing and the dialogue between Rugby Australia and Israel is continuing and there hasn't been a time frame put on those discussions".

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In the article Folau said he'd rather quit the sport than apologise to the gay fans he had upset.

"This is not about money or bargaining power or contracts".

"That aside, I hope Raelene and Andrew appreciate my position, even if it differs with theirs", he said.

'It's about what I believe in and never compromising that, because my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be'.

He wrote: "Since my social media posts were publicised, it has been suggested that I am homophobic and bigoted and that I have a problem with gay people".

"What I think is irrelevant, Israel made it really clear what he expressed aren't the views of Rugby Australia or the Waratahs and they are his specific views, and he's made that really clear".

"My response to the question is what I believe God's plan is for all sinners, according to my understanding of my Bible teachings, specifically 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10: 'Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" But Jesus told us that when you stand up for Him in this world, you can expect backlash.

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