ASICS drop Israel Folau sponsorship after Rugby Australia breach

12 May, 2019, 03:45 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Troubled Wallabies star Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the players's code

Israel Folau has been dealt a crushing blow to his Australian rugby career after the governing body found him guilty of a "high-level" breach of the Players' Code of Conduct for a homophobic social media post.

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he can not share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality".

If Folau's contract is terminated, it's expected he will appeal and another code of conduct hearing with three new panel members will be held. "It prompts you to wonder what kind of society we're living in".

Jones, who coached the Australian rugby team in the 1980s, now hosts a breakfast radio show where he jumped to the defence of Folau following the verdict of the three-man panel against the Wallabies full-back.

The disciplinary panel said it will "take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction".

Folau took to Instagram last month to proclaim "hell awaits" for "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators" in a religiously-motivated post.

Jones also relayed a message he'd received from the Wallabies star.

The potential outcomes at this stage for Folau, are a complete termination from Rugby Australia, suspension or fine.

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This is the second instance of Folau losing a brand partnership, after Land Rover, another Rugby Australia sponsor, withdrew a auto issued to him as a result of the homophobic comments he made in 2018.

Citing an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald last month, CNN indicated Folau refused to apologize for the post.

"He believes that he's put those posts out in love to people hoping that they'll listen as a warning to the sinner, of the consequences of sin".

"They went back and said, "Oh, we need you to sign this with the additional social media clauses", and Israel Folau said, "Nah, I've already signed a contract".

Folau, who is under fire for condemning all gays to "hell" unless they repent for their "sins", has instead reached out to fellow rugby players, particularly those of Pasifika heritage, in search of support for both him and his religious views. "Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?" "He still has the Ku Klux Klan; then he'll see what it's like on the other side", LifeSite News said.

"Asics is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society", a company statement read.

Asics dumped Folau as an ambassador on Wednesday, saying his views didn't align with the sportswear company.

"For any strong Australian brand or organisation, you've got to stand for what you are and with rugby, it's the pillars of integrity and respect and teamwork and the inclusiveness we champion", Mitchell said.

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