It’s official. God has spoken. The omnipotent being has given his blessing to the comments of Israel Folau and all of the footballers who supported the comments, and has endorsed their candidature for The Frownlow Medal.
God inspired Folau to post on social media that homosexuals would go to hell. Folau’s post was widely criticised but it received many likes from active footballers across three codes, who said it aligned with their Christian beliefs.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
Players were ‘outed’ for liking Folau’s post, and some of them apologised, or claimed to have supported the post without investigating its content. Others, such as Wallabies hooker Taniela Tupou, and Queensland Reds captain Samu Kerevi, defended their right to support Foloau because of their strong Christian faith.
Even the son of God, Gary Ablett Jr, was drawn into the controversy when he ‘liked’ the post on social media.
The following players at one point ‘liked’ Foloau’s instagram post:
Matthew Kennedy (AFL)
Tolu Latu (Super Rugby)
Allan Alaalatoa (Super Rugby)
Marika Koroibete (Super Rugby)
Brad Takaraingi (NRL)
Curtis Rona (Super Rugby)
Manu Ma’u (NRL)
Tim Mannah (NRL)
Michael Jennings (NRL)
Anthony Milford (NRL)
The judges of The Frownlow Medal have let it be known that they will not be attending confession if Folau or any of his brethren fail to win The Frownlow Medal this year.