Axed Wallabies star Israel Folau’s defense of Bible verses collapsed on the back of two words that ended up being the “key” point everyone missed.
Axed Wallabies star Israel Folau could still aim for the Rugby World Cup if he had avoided using two words in the controversial social media post that led to his contract being terminated by Rugby Australia.
The Daily Telegraph reports that if Folau had just published a Bible quote instead of a controversial meme, it would have been much more difficult for Rugby Australia to end its $ 5 million plus contact.
In April, Folau shared a post on Instagram that read: “WARNING drunks, gays, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters HELL AWAITS YOU Repent! Only Jesus saves”.
Corinthians 6: 9-10, meanwhile, says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor insulters, nor extortionists will inherit the kingdom of God ”.
Notice the difference?
“Everyone missed the key here, take a look at the post, it says ‘Warning’ and ‘Hell’ but the bible verse doesn’t mention either of the two words,” a source told the Daily Telegraph.
“Izzy was told he would go to hell if he cut the job, but if he’d deleted that image and reposted verbatim what the verse says, they couldn’t have fired him.” “
The Daily Telegraph also reports that six of Rugby Australia’s sponsors have been told of their intention to fire the test star before he is told anything.
The six sponsors, Qantas, Vodafone, Land Rover, ASICS, Accenture and HSBC, have indicated that they will end their relationship with Rugby Australia if Folau is not sacked or at least apologize and make sure he would not do it again.
The 30-year-old rugby star and his team are still considering their next steps, and one of them could include Rugby Australia’s challenge to the Supreme Court over its high-profile breach of contract.
Another option could be to go to the Fair Work Commission by filing a complaint for unlawful dismissal on religious grounds. He will have until June 10 to begin this process.
Folau decided not to appeal through Rugby Australia’s internal channels, saying he feared he would receive unfair treatment during the process.
“My decision not to initiate Rugby Australia’s appeal proceedings is by no means an acceptance of the findings of the judicial panel,” Folau said in a statement last month.
“I just don’t trust Rugby Australia’s ability to treat me fairly or legally throughout this process.”
Meanwhile, an earlier report from the Daily Telegraph’s Israel Folau feature film series revealed that the former NRL and AFL star was encouraged by her father to take a stand just as he was considering removing his controversial Instagram post in an attempt to save his career.
Folau is said to have seriously considered dropping his infamous Instagram post and saving his lucrative rugby career before a phone call to his deeply religious father, Eni, changes everything.
“You will go to hell, son,” were the words the Sunday Telegraph reported the pastor told Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia last month, following an article claiming that gays and others so called “sinners” were destined for hell unless they repented.
Former Wallabies star Folau, 30, saw his four-year, $ 4 million contract severed after refusing to apologize or remove the offending post.
“If he had taken this step and shown contrition, Folau would have been impossible to fire,” the Telegraph reported.
“Eni told his son that if he brought down this post, Folau would deny the Lord’s words, a sacrilege that would send him to hell.”
He was determined to fight for his right not to get the job.
He is still determined, according to reports, and is strongly considering challenging Rugby Australia’s decision to tear up his contract in the Supreme Court.