Notorious footy bad boy John Hopoate has defended Israel Folau in a bizarre social media rant.
Former rugby league Hopoate, 45, said Rugby Australia made a mistake by terminating the $ 4 million Folau contract after the player said gays would be fooled into going to hell.
& # 39; Why does everyone worry so much about what Israel Folau said? All those idiots who continue as if he killed someone, & # 39; Hopoate – an 11-year-old father – posted on Instagram on Tuesday night.
& # 39; If you are a damn gay who cares about me, I have been called racist names and all other mess all my life and if you can't handle it [being] told that you are going to fire hell well[**k] because nobody cares if you do it or not.
& # 39; But one thing I can say is that God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. & # 39;
Notorious footy bad boy John Hopoate (photo) has defended Israel Folau in a bizarre social media rant
Former rugby star Hopoate, 45, said Rugby Australia made a mistake by moving to terminate Folau's (photographed) $ 4 million contract after the player said gays were destined to go to hell
& # 39; Why does everyone worry so much about what Israel Folau said? All these idiots who continue as if he killed someone, & # 39; Hopoate – a father-of-11 – posted on Instagram on Tuesday evening
Hopoate then turned to Qantas and told Rugby Australia to look for another key sponsor who did not have an openly gay CEO.
& # 39; Say what you believe, not what others want you to say & he said.
Folau, 30, had previously been warned of his use of social media, and on Monday the star-wing defender was served with a notification from his employer Rugby Australia.
Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle said Folau a & # 39; high-level breach & # 39; of his lucrative four-year contract, which justified a cancellation.
Folau has until 14:00 on Wednesday to accept the sanction or to have the case referred to a hearing.
Folau kept his remarks earlier, even if that meant that he had to give up rugby.
The player shared a & # 39; warning & # 39; with & # 39; drunkards, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters & # 39; on Instagram, and said: & # 39; hell is waiting for them & # 39 ;.
The devout Christian had shared similar feelings in the past and had previously been warned not to do so through Mrs. Castle.
In February, Folau signed a multi-million dollar contract extension with the New South Wales Waratahs and Rugby Australia until the end of 2022.
Folau is generally regarded as one of the best players in the game and is the first ever leading try-scorer of Super Rugby.
His position on Wednesday warned that those who & # 39; live in sin & # 39; end up in hell unless you repent & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Jesus Christ loves you and gives you time to turn away from your sins and come to him & # 39 ;, Folau wrote alongside two Bible verses.
The star-wing defender also retweeted a story about Tasmania, making gender optional on birth certificates.
Folau, 30, shared a & # 39; warning & # 39; against & # 39; drunkards, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters & # 39; to Instagram (Instagram) and said: & # 39; hell is waiting for them & # 39;
The devout Christian has shared similar feelings in the past and was warned by the boss Raelene Castle of Rugby Australia. Pictured: Folau post
Hopoate & # 39; s own 12-year career career was peppered with controversy.
In 2001, while playing for the Wests Tigers, Hopoate stuck his finger in the anuses of three of his North Queensland Cowboys opponents in an attempt to disarm them.
He was suspended for 12 weeks and left the Tigers in shame.
Hopoate signed for his former team, the Manly Sea Eagles, but his contract was terminated in 2005 after a sickening hit on Cronulla Sharks player Keith Galloway.
Hopoate jumped up and hit Galloway in the side of the head, eliminating him and bleeding from his ear.
He was suspended for 17 games and the Sea Eagles tore up his contract.
In July 2018, Hopoate was banned from the rugby competition for 10 years to fight and threaten opponents during a Manly District Junior Rugby League match for Narraweena against Forestville.
In 2001, while playing for the Wests Tigers, Hopoate stuck his finger in the tone of three of his North Queensland Cowboys opponents (photo)