Israel Folau could lose his American football job after saying ‘hell awaits’ gay people
Israel Folau, one of the top American football players in Australia and the world, could lose his job because of the controversial statements he made to the LGBT community on social media.
Folau, a member of the Council of God and a outspoken religious supporter, posted a photo on Instagram last week saying that “hell waits” for people “living in sin”, including gays, drunks and liars.
“Those who are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent,” he wrote in the caption next to the image. “Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn your back on your sin and come to Him.”
Shortly after the post was published, American football Australia and the NSW American football League announced plans to terminate their Folau contract.
The two sports bodies wrote in a Joint Statement on Thursday: “As a rule, we have explicitly stated to Israel formally and consistently that any post or comment in communal media. which society does not respect people because their sexuality will lead to disciplinary action. “
“In the absence of mandatory mitigation factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”
Folau met American football leaders on Friday afternoon, but American football Australia and the NSW American football League announced that their position remained “unchanged.”
Israel Folau during a Wallabies training session at Cbus Super Stadium on September 10, 2018 on Gold Coast, Australia.
On Wednesday, NSW Waratahs announced that Folau had responded to the infringement notice issued by American football Australia regarding his social media posts and requested a hearing.
“Israel made an official response today to request a Code of Conduct hearing, in case, not an unexpected result. We will now work to confirm the date of the hearing.” as soon as possible, “CEO of American football Australia, Raelene Castle, said on Wednesday. “After the date of the confirmed hearing American football Australia and the NSW American football League will not comment further on this matter until the Code of Conduct process is over.”
American football Australia said it will arrange with the American football Association (RUPA), an organization that supports professional American football players in Australia, to hold hearings.