The Israel Folau saga continues to rumble on and many players within the game have offered staunch rejection to the views of the Australian full back. High profile players such as James Haskell and Joe Marler as well as ex players Andy Goode and Gareth Thomas have already posted their reaction on social media.
Billy Vunipola has also now posted his opinion on the matter and it can be best described as defending the views of Folau. This is what he had to say.
“So this morning I got 3 phone calls from people telling me to ‘unlike’ the @IzzyFolau post.” Vunipola wrote.
“This is my position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those people.
“He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life. It hurts to know that. But that’s why I believe there’s a God. To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Billy was careful enough in his wording to ensure he didn’t actively support the views of Folau but he states that he understood his views from a Christian perspective.
The views of Vunipola do not discriminate directly against anyone. Instead of saying homosexuality is wrong he states he is of the Christian belief that man was intended for woman to pro create. However, he is likely to face criticism for his apparent support of unquestiably offensive views of Folau. It would be very interesting to find out the identity of the three people who called asking him to unlike the Folau post. This controversy may leave players feeling muted regarding their views on matters outside of the game, which would be very disappointing. If the opinion isn’t an offensive one then a player should not be reprimanded the question is whether the post by Vunipola is viewed as offensive. It is yet unknown whether or not Saracens or the RFU feel the need to comment on the matter.
Written by Stefan Hamilton