All Blacks Legend Empathises With Israel Folau After Latest Set Of Homophobic Comments

Israel Folau has been widely condemned this week after the 29-year-old published an article in which he repeatedly tried to justify his belief that homosexuality is a sin. 

Tweeting about Folau’s piece in the Player’s Voice, All Blacks scrumhalf TJ Perenara stated that he strongly disagreed with the Australian’s comments and that there was no justifying such an archaic belief system.

Let it go on record that I am 100% against the comments that were made by Israel. It was not ok to say that. It’s not an attitude I want to see in the game I love. There is no justification for such harmful comments.

Also commenting on the developing controversy,  former All Black Sir Michael Jones stated that, although he felt sorry for Folau, he disagrees with his stance on homosexuality.

“I do know Israel and he’s a good man,” Jones said. “He’s got a good heart and he’s got a strong faith. He’s a friend and so my heart goes out to him too at this time.

Jones played 55 tests for the All Blacks in a glittering career and now sits as a board member of New Zealand Rugby. Speaking to the NZHerald, he spoke of how his faith is built on ‘love and grace’ and, although he understands that self-expression is important, he doesn’t feel that Folau is doing so in a respectful manner.

“At the same time, in terms of my faith, it’s very much a faith built on love and grace. There are members of my family in those communities and we love them… I’m sure Israel has that too because we come from diverse families.

“For me being able to express yourself is important but [so is] doing so respectfully.”

Top Rugby Journalist Drops Incredibly Powerful Response To Israel Folau’s Homophobic Comments

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