The audacity of Israel Folau in launching a ‘GoFundMe’ page in an effort to raise $3 million to fund his legal battle against Rugby Australia is bewildering to say the least.
Let’s not forget that it was Israel Folau who made a homophobic social media post which led to his sacking by Rugby Australia.
Whether Rugby Australia were justified in sacking Folau or not will now be decided in the courts, but for Folau in effect to ask the public to fund his legal case is a sad indictment of where Folau is now at – and the poor advice that that he is receiving.
It would appear that Folau has conveniently forgotten what he wrote last year when he stated that if he was “hurting Rugby Australia, it’s sponsors and the Australian rugby community to such a degree that things couldn’t be worked through – I would walk away from My contract, immediately”.
Some former Wallabies greats Mark Gerrard and Drew Mitchell in particular have come out and slammed Folau for his plea for fans to fund his legal action to the extent that Mitchell posted the following on Twitter.
YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!!
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) June 21, 2019
Mitchell was referring to a ‘Go Fund Me’ page set up to help a child with ‘Neuroblastoma’.
Folau has now caused a deep divide in the Australian rugby community and hurt a lot of people across all walks of life. One of Australia’s best Wallabies will now not pull on the gold jersey again.
The main question I would ask Folau is ‘is it worth it?’ I’d also want to know whether this was all coming from Folau himself, or someone else who is guiding him – guiding him in the wrong direction.