Israel Folau’s reason for not making peace deal with rugby officials
Deal with the devil: Israel Folau was set to make a peace deal with rugby officials over his homophobic Instagram post – before his father told him he’d go to hell if he signed it
- Israel Folau, 30, is believed to have been set to make peace deal with RA bosses
- The sacked Wallabies star considered deleting infamous post to save his career
- His posted meme stated homosexuals were ‘going to hell unless they repented’
- After speaking with his father, Eni, he refused to remove the controversial post
- The decision to not remove the post left officials with no option but to sack him
Israel Folau was reportedly set to make a peace deal with rugby officials over his homophobic Instagram rant – until his father intervened.
The sacked Wallabies star, 30, had reportedly considered deleting his infamous post to save his career after he met with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle on April 12.
But after speaking with his father Eni, a Christian pastor, two days later, Folau refused to remove the controversial post, which left officials no other option but to sack him.
Israel Folau, 30 (pictured right with his wife Maria), is believed to have been set to make a peace deal with rugby officials over his homophobic Instagram rant
‘You’ll go to hell, son,’ Eni reportedly told Folau, when the 30-year-old confessed he was thinking about deleting the Instagram post, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
According to Eni, who played a crucial role in Folau becoming a born-again Christian in 2017, going back on his words would be sacrilege that would destine him for hell.
The conversation was the clincher that, in Folau’s mind, reaffirmed what he must do – and that was to stay true to his beliefs, which ended any hope for rugby redemption.
The catalyst, which reportedly led to the demise of Folau’s career, was when Tasmania’s parliament passed legislation on April 9 that allowed people aged 16 and over to legally change their gender on their birth certificate.
Under Folau’s extreme Christian views, this was an affront to God, who created man and woman purposefully, and any change to this was therefore the work of the devil.
Despite being less active on social media since his controversial April 2018 post, where he stated gays were destined for hell, Folau took to social media to comment on the Tasmanian news.
‘The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free,’ Folau wrote on Twitter.
In the days that followed, the 30-year-old reportedly felt compelled to do more than simply post one message on social media.
According to Eni (pictured), who played a crucial role in Folau becoming a born-again Christian in 2017, going back on his words would be sacrilege that would destine him for hell
Folau reportedly came across a meme on Facebook, which summed up his feelings about the recent Tasmanian gender legislation, which he later posted on Instagram on April 10
He is said to have told one friend: ‘If you see a hole in the road, and someone walking towards that hole, wouldn’t you warn them?’
And that’s when he reportedly came across a post on Facebook, which summed up his feelings, which he later posted on Instagram on April 10.
The graphic stated drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters were all going to hell unless they repented.
‘Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent,’ Folau wrote in the accompanying caption.
‘Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.’
Raelene Castle (pictured) is believed to have been ropeable over the incident and stressed sponsors were going to leave and members of the rugby and wider public had been offended
After speaking with his father, Eni, a devout pastor, two days later, Folau (pictured left with wife Maria) refused to remove the controversial post
The controversial post divided the internet, with some people taking to social media to share their comments on the rugby player’s strong views.
‘Good job @izzyfolau, you have right of speech and religion. I respect your commitment to God,’ one person wrote.
‘Imagine believing a bunch of words written by a fake person in a fake book and thinking it means something.’ another person said.
A third person added: ‘The only opinion that matters is our Father’s in Heaven and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which he & the Father are one.’
But despite the mixed reactions, Rugby Australia were not having it – especially after Folau’s previous posts – so Ms Castle arranged to meet with him at RA headquarters.
Castle is believed to have been ropeable over the incident and stressed sponsors were going to leave and members of the rugby and wider public had been offended.
She reportedly made it clear RA had no choice but to terminate Folau’s contract as this was seen as a high level breach unless he took down the post, which would show recognition of harm and change the breach to low or middle range.
But after speaking with his father, who allegedly advised Folau he would go to hell for retracting the word’s of God, his rugby career with RA abruptly came to an end.
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