Anthony Mundine talks racism and Fraser Anning in Israel Folau reaction

 sportingnews.com  05/18/2019 01:45:00   Sporting News

Anthony Mundine has reacted angrily to Rugby Australia's sacking of Israel Folau, calling the decision to drop the former Waratahs and Wallabies superstar 'racist' and linking it to controversial senator Fraser Anning.

On Friday, a a three-person panel confirmed RA's decision to sack Folau after his divisive social media posts last month.

Folau's $4 million contract was torn up by RA boss Raelene Castle in the wake of his comments saying that gay people will go to hell.

Never short of a comment of his own, Mundine was quick to chime in on social media.

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"That's how racist this country is that Izzy Folau can be sacked for quoting a scripture from the bible!" Mundine wrote on Facebook.

"But Frazier Anning (sic) can do what the hell he wants with his foul mouth & still have a job?!

"When a high profile brother expresses his views the system got to shut that shit down quick!

"You ain't even free to say what you believe what a joke."

Queensland senator Anning faces the prospect of being voted out at Saturday's election.

He was famously pelted with an egg by Melbourne teenager Will Connolly - aka Egg Boy - in reaction to Anning's comments surrounding the Christchurch terror attacks.

It isn't the first time Mundine has raised the issue of race in relation to Folau's treatment.

"People are missing the point here, it's not about the Bible or the Biblical quote that Izzy put up, it's a black man expressing it," Mundine told Channel 7 earlier this month.

"If it was about the biblical quote then why don't they push to ban tha

Mundine isn't the only one angry at the decision to sack Folau.

Broadcaster Alan Jones hit out at Rugby Australia and its sponsors in a fiery tirade on Friday.

"There's no surprise here...you're dealing with incompetent people ... and incompetent people always behave incompetently," Jones said on 2GB.

"They've destroyed his employment and internationally destroyed his name for quoting a passage from the bible for God's sake.''

Jones also hit out at Qantas after the company threatened to pull its sponsorship if Folau's contract wasn't terminated.

"We don't sponsor something to get involved in controversy. That's not part of the deal," Joyce told the Australian Finiancial Review. "We expect our partners to take the appropriate action.

"It's not an issue for Qantas, it's an issue for every potential sponsor for Rugby Australia, ever.

"They have to manage it & and shame on you if it happens a second time.''

Jones pointed to Joyce's threat as the key reason behind RA's decision to sack Folau, claiming they should be ashamed for kneeling down to corporate dollars.

''There is only one issue here and that is they are getting money from a sponsor and apparently the sponsor has intervened and said he doesn't like it. If that's the case you find another sponsor,'' he said.

''They have created the problem. Of course an employer has the rights (to sack him), but you actually don't own the person.

''This is not in the workplace. This is outside the workplace for proclaiming his Christian faith. He hasn't slaughtered anyone, he hasn't insulted anyone and he hasn't even tried to push this stuff down anyone's throat.

''Christianity is under siege everywhere in the world. I don't go to church every Sunday and you can imagine most people probably don't either, but I certainly believe we are a Judaea- Christian society and in (this) Judea-Christian society an individual doesn't have a right to proclaim his faith without shoving it down someone's throat.

''I haven't even found out who has taken offence. The drunks didn't, the idolators didn't, the fornicators didn't. Who has taken offence? I've spoken to a lot of gay people and they haven't taken offence. So I don't know what this is all about, but it must be that there is a sponsor hanging off and rugby union is broke and so they pursue this money.

''This is the same sponsor who has a contract with Middle Eastern airline companies whose treatment of women and homosexuals is repugnant. We're taking money for an entity who has a corporate engagement with international organisations whose treatment of women and homosexuals is totally unacceptable to the moral standards of Australians, but that's OK.

''It's OK to punch someone and you get six weeks. It's OK to be on drugs and you get reinstated, but if a boy dares to proclaim his commitment to Christianity, he's banned for life.''

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