Saturday, May 4, 2019

They Sacked Their Best Player, Instead of Their Worst Sponser.

As I write, Rugby Australia is holding a code of conduct hearing into the actions of their star full back, Israel Folau, who tweeted a passage from the Book of Corinthians, in which people guilty of a number of sins were called to mend their ways of endure eternal damnation.

Rugby star Israel Folau. Picture: Getty Images
(image The Australian)

Among the list of sins, detailed by Sir Bob Jones, were homosexuality, fornication, greed, idolatry and drunkenness,  There were others listed.

The media went into overdrive, characterizing Folau's unwise tweet as a rant against homosexuality.  Coincidentally, the CEO of Rugby Australia's major sponsor, Qantas, is a professed homosexual and it is widely perceived that Qantas leaned on Rugby Australia to 'do Folau in.'  To add fuel to the conspiracy fire, there has been no talk of sacking players convicted of drug possession or other clearly criminal acts.

To say Rugby Australia has mishandled this affair would be a charitable understatement.   The biggest mistake, in my view, was announcing publicly that Folau's contract would be terminated before giving him a chance to defend himself.  On this point, I think Rugby Australia will fall.

Some seriously suggest the grossly incompetent $800,000 per annum CEO, New Zealander Raelene Castle, was planted by the NZRU to once and for all destroy the Wallabies.  She's doing a good job of it.

Meanwhile, Pacific Islander rugby players who comprise 46% of the wallabies line up are strongly supporting their Tongan mate with a number suggesting they should walk out of Australian Rugby if he is sacked..  Fans are leaving the code in droves and polls show where popular sentiment lies.

It's beginning to look as though Rugby Australia is implementing that hoary old "White Australia"policy.

28 comments:

David said...
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Andrei said...

LOL - Israel Falou's message wasn't a "homophobic rant" as portrayed by the Godless media, it was a call for sinners to repent.

There have been plenty of scandals involving ruby players in my lifetime, usually involving women or alcohol or both but this has to be a first - a call from a player at the top of his game who lives a sober life for others to follow his example...

We are in Monty Python territory here, the absurdity compounded by the fact the Australian rugby is in the doldrums and their best player has his head on the block for promoting sobriety and clean living

Psycho Milt said...

Rugby's a business, not a sport. Of course the sponsor is more important than the player is - people who are good at rugby are ten a penny, wealthy sponsors are not.

The only question here is what's in his contract. If it says he can't publish stuff that damages the brand, he's fucked. If it doesn't, he's in for reinstatement or a fat payout. This stuff isn't rocket science.

Anonymous said...

The issue that Rugby Australia really has is the conversation that is currently occurring in languages other than English, i.e. Tongan, Samoan and Fijian.

It is a conversation they are excluded from, and it will be occurring in homes and churches across the Pacific Islands.

That conversation will be around the question 'is it safe for young Pacific Island athletes to be involved with Rugby Australia?' - in terms of their faith, life and Christian witness.

If the answer to that non-English conversation is no, it is not safe, then Rugby Australia are toast.

Andrei said...

"Rugby's a business, not a sport. Of course the sponsor is more important than the player is - people who are good at rugby are ten a penny, wealthy sponsors are not. "

How many clueless statements can you fit in one sentence?

Rugby is a sport. The sponser is important perhaps but it is the fans who attract the sponser and the sponser alienating the fans by forcing the best player out is not in the end a smart move by the sponser not by Australian Rugby. How many Israel Falaus are there in Australia Milt? Ten a penny? Really?

I actually think when the dust settles Australian Rugby will have a new CEO as will Qantas - they have picked a fight that makes them look extremely foolish and alienates the average Rugby fan


Psycho Milt said...

Rugby as an abstract concept is a sport, yes. However, the activity under discussion here is a business that happens to be based on rugby. The players are just the labour force, much like pop stars working for music companies - they're very valuable and very important right up to the point at which they become a liability, at which point they're suddenly highly disposable.

Andrei said...

But is Israel Folau really a liability Milt?

Who do you think the average Rugby supporter admires the most Raelene Castle, Alan Joyce or Israel Folau?

The media in lockstep have condemened Israel Folau's post, in most cases I'd suggest without actually reading it but like leemings jumping over a cliff following the lead of others.

When it comes down to it Rugby is a masculine sport and people who encourage their sons to play do so to encourage manly virtues as non PC as that may sound.

I think long term the homosexual lobby have shot themselves in the foot with this one.

Israel Folau is a good role model for kids, while Raelene Castle looks like she should be Herman Munsters wife and is way out of touch with the Rugby rank and file

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Quote on the month, Andre.

"...while Raelene Castle looks like she should be Herman Munsters wife and is way out of touch with the Rugby rank and file...

Dave Grodger said...

Israel Folau did not choose to be black.

Alan Joyce did not choose to be gay.

Israel Folua did choose to be a bigot.

As does Adolf.

Truth to Sin said...

Folau is a typical example of an authoritarian bible thumper. He is quite happy to use the Big Book of Lies to denigrate people he does not like while ignoring the prohibition on tattoos.

Of course, IF Folau's religion is right, he will be sitting on a cloud, plucking a harp, and drinking Adam's Ale whilst his wife burns in hell for her lesbian fornication. Oh, the irony!

Folau is quite within his rights to his religious beliefs, but he does not have the right to preach hatred without being called to account. Regardless of the outcome of today's hearing, Folau will still be able to hold fast to his vile beliefs, he will just have a lesser pulpit from which to preach.

Lance Corporal Jones said...

Quote on the month, Andre.

"...while Raelene Castle looks like she should be Herman Munsters wife


Because noting shows Christian compassion more than attacking a woman for her physical appearance.

Psycho Milt said...

...Raelene Castle looks like she should be Herman Munsters wife...

It should have stopped surprising me decades ago that so many right-wingers only seem able to assess women's characters in terms of what they look like, but somehow it still does.

Psycho Milt said...

But is Israel Folau really a liability Milt?

Beats me - I know as much about the rugby business as I do about knitting. However, I presume his employer knows a bit about it, and what matters is whether that employer considers him a liability. Recent events suggest it does.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if Steve Hansen subscibes to any Christian creed. If he does he'll probably bless the collection plate with a large donation and thank God for Rugby Australia, Raelene and QANTAS.
They've removed the best opposition fullback in the game off the paddock.

Mick

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Mick

Exactly!

Andrei said...

Perhaps PM if Raelene Castle didn't go for the "Gothic" look with pale foundation, jet black hair, dark lipstick, and tons of mascara the comment would not have been made.

She chooses to present herself to the world this way!

It doesn't look good going after a man for quoting the Bible looking like a creature from the dark side.

Israel Folau is the highest try scorer in Super Rugby but while team is 4th bottom on the table and the National side is in the doldrums

If you want to destroy Rugby Union in Australia this is not a bad way to go about it

Psycho Milt said...

Perhaps PM if Raelene Castle didn't go for the "Gothic" look with pale foundation, jet black hair, dark lipstick, and tons of mascara the comment would not have been made.

One is of course entitled to hold any opinion one likes about others' personal appearance. For my part, I find priests to look utterly ridiculous. The point is, my opinion of their appearance doesn't matter. They don't care what I think of their appearance, you and our other readers don't care either, and - most importantly - my opinion of their appearance makes no valid argument whatsoever in any discussion involving priests. This ought to be obvious to anybody, and yet few right-wingers seem to be able to engage in any discussion involving a woman without basing their comments on their personal opinions about her appearance.

George said...

He is just repeating the same old line heard in every church on Sunday.
Scarcely a rant.
And oaths are sworn on the book that those lines came from.....

Andrei said...

The idea that how people present themselves and how they will be received not being correlated is left wing mythology Milt

Even your hero J. Ardern almost spends a fortune on consultants advising her on outfits and make up appropriate to the message she wishes to impart and her target audience.

Do you seriously think that no thought and consultation went into J. Ardern choosing this famous outfit and her make up, or do you thing she just plucked it from what was already in her wardrobe?

And I didn't hear you critizing people for gushing over her appearance for wearing it - in fact they seemed to think the way she presented herself was important.

And I think if she had chosen the "goth" look for that occaision it probably would not have gone down well at all.

Psycho Milt said...

I do understand that clothing serves a social purpose, yes. What you wear influences what other people think of you. In popularity contests like politics, influencing people's opinions is important.

However, in a debate over management decisions of a business, the managers' clothes and grooming choices aren't relevant. Raelene Castle could dress like a dominatrix, like one of those Little Bo Peep girls from Harajuku, like a Disney princess, like a conservative housewife or one of the drudges from Gloriavale, it might influence your opinion of her and give you something to gossip about, but none of of those choices would have any relevance to the issue under debate.

Roj Blake said...

A few small points, if I may.

This is not a case about "Free Speech", as with the exception of the High Court Ruling that found an implied guarantee of Free Political Speech in the Constitution, Australia has no laws specifically protecting free speech. Nothing like the US Constitution's first amendment. And even that only protects against government infringement, it does not protect workers from having free speech restricted by employers.

Which brings me to my second point - since the demise of Trade Union strength and the rise of employment contracts instead of Awards, employers have taken it upon themselves to insert themselves deeper and deeper in to employees' personal time. It is not enough for them to control people at work, they also desire to dominate and police time off.

Israel Folau may have been brain damaged from his Union playing, or he may have been brainwashed as a child by elders belting him over the head with Bibles, but that does not change the fact that he is entitled to time off, to down time, to be himself. Even if by being himself he reveals a very ugly side.

We need to stop seeing people who are good at running, catching, scoring and killing as role models. They are not, they are mortals like the rest of us. They are paid to run, catch, score and kill, not to some example of the right way to live.

Should the Morrison government be re-electd, Israel Folau will probably be given a sinecure in the newly established Commission on Adhering to Religious Doctrine or Shut The Fuck Up. And that will be a genuine assault of free speech.

Folau is entitled to his views, he is entitled to express those views, but that does not give him a free pass to go without being criticised and challenged.

Folau is a bigot and an arsehole, and pretending religious adherence is no defence in a secular nation. Religion is simply a cloak some people yield to give them an excuse to spout hatred, and then say "No, it isn't me saying it, it's God".






Andrei said...

" it might influence your opinion of her and give you something to gossip about, but none of of those choices would have any relevance to the issue under debate."

Your left wing mythology is quite quaint Milt - it gets rather unsightly though when screeching "Slut Walkers" try and fail to make the same point.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Roj Blake

Your were nearly doing alright until your last paragraph.

The bigots and arseholes in this affair are the journalists who defamed Folau by characterizing his quoting of a simple piece of scriptural Christian doctrine as a 'rant against homosexuality.'

When the dust settles I hope he sues them.

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gravedodger said...

With the forecourt attendant at the fuel stop a raging poof, the vehicle driver a goth, a vital bit of the propulsion unit, and another ageing poof still a force in the transmission, why for gods sake (as if he has any interest in Rugby Union), didn't they all just leave it be.

I would think as a sponsor Qantas do very well out of the Wallabys.
Israel Falau's social media would have a coverage equal to maybe the Gundagai daily news.
Raylene Castle has had rather mixed results as a boss, now at Rugby Australia I suggest performing below what they desperately need.
David Pocock will remain a David "who" to probably all but 1% of Australians.

Aussie Crowds are a renowned zoo as Adam Goodes, and a long list of sports stars across all codes and sports will testify, this contretemp has all the hallmarks of a storm in a tea cup.

If Falau thinks his views on sin are important he needs protection not ridicule and threats of career ending reaction.

Ian Roberts said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Don't try to be a smart arse, David.

powderburns said...

We can see that Israel has taken a stand, and spoken from his heart. Yet from the abyss he has summoned more than he reckoned. Into the sunlight screaming comes the fact that the left no longer believes in religious freedom. A founding value of Western civilization! Thrown out with Freedom of Speech. To make way for the new cult.

We can be thankful that Israel is not steeped in the spirit of the Old Testament.