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Mary Konstantopoulos

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James, I’m not sure how many are left this time…

Vote 1: Women's sport

Scary though, I think he has been one of the Panthers best this year!

Where has it gone wrong for the Penrith Panthers?

Some really interesting info in there – thanks for sharing!!

Where has it gone wrong for the Penrith Panthers?

What I don’t get is why you would return to a club that had previously sacked you?

Where has it gone wrong for the Penrith Panthers?

At work, I completely agree with the above.

In fact, I’ve been sitting on this article for a few weeks now because I didn’t want to come across as spiteful.

To me, it is incredible that Ivan, who had such goodwill last year when he was coaching the Tigers, has now destroyed his reputation with this move to Penrith.

The fallout from this has been fascinating to watch.

Where has it gone wrong for the Penrith Panthers?

Peter, thank you!

My understanding is that yes, she will be at the Sixers:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-12/ellyse-perry-alyssa-healy-sign-long-term-deals-sydney-sixers/9042800

Player movement in women's cricket positive for the sport

That’s what I was going off.

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/football-federation-australia-announces-new-broadcast-deal?fbclid=IwAR1KVEFtZmVeOONihbXawuCCW2_jr86kOO-6eIMDgySCCO15G0RDIjW2I8k

The A-League's divisive nature is harming football in Australia

Mister Football, this is consistent with what I have heard.

It is exceptionally fortunate that the A-League, Matildas and Socceroos are one package for the purposes of the broadcast deal because the numbers I’ve seen for viewership of the A-league are exceptionally concerning.

The A-League's divisive nature is harming football in Australia

Or perhaps what would be nice is to engage with the article instead of sneering at the author.

The author literally said he went to an A-League game, (to embrace the competition) and was sneered at… seems that he didn’t feel particularly embraced by the community.

As for your final paragraph, potentially that sort of attitude is what has left the competition where it is right now – one that is struggling to compete with the winter sports of AFL and NRL and then the summer sport of cricket.

The A-League's divisive nature is harming football in Australia

The author said in the article that he went and didn’t feel welcome… this comment simply reinforces what he’s written.

The A-League's divisive nature is harming football in Australia

I didn’t realise that writing an article was ‘shoving it at you’. My apologies.

The Cowboys need to start planning for 2020

Jacko, as an expert on the Roar my job is to write an article each week which will generate discussion.

As you can see, most of the articles I’ve written in the last couple of weeks do that.

Sure, I could have written about the Eels losing – but does that generate discussion? Not really. If the Eels lose their next three games, then sure maybe there’s an article there.

It’s funny, I also write for NRL.com as well and some people accuse me of writing about the Eels too much.

Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

The Cowboys need to start planning for 2020

Hard Yards – I don’t change my comments.

At the very least, this man has gone out on the piss whilst his wife was at home seven months pregnant and taken a woman to an apartment, along with his mate.

Do I have any sympathy for him? Not a shred.

'He wasn't educated': De Belin's lawyers play the blame game

Based on RAs action I’ll be taking up a SR package for next year.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

He hasn’t been sacked for holding a belief. If he didn’t share that belief on social media we wouldn’t be here.

He has been sacked for breaching the terms of his employment contract. Just like he would be sacked if he came out and made inappropriate comments about Rugby Australia or the Waratahs.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

I appreciate this very much, barbz. Thank you.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

Not at all – the reason that there has been a focus on one of those groups is because many young people struggling with their sexuality go through real mental health challenges – the suicide rates for young males who identify as gay are very high. His views in this space have the capacity to be exceptionally harmful and more so than in relation to the other groups targeted.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

So this has happened because is a Christian?

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

Well said!

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

So this has happened because Folau has stated he is a Christian?

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

I think the two are absolutely linked and cannot be separated.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

Mark, these sorts of clauses are included in many employment contracts.

There have been many cases where employees have been sacked because of their views on social media, when they have criticised their employer or made inappropriate comments.

If a very senior executive in Australia made sexist, homophobic or racist comments similar action would be taken.

Additionally, Folau has been warned and asked repeatedly not to share these views. He signed a contract saying he did not.

He breached his contract and the ARU has the right to terminate him.

And ‘in their own time’ is additionally a very different concept to sharing something on social media with the intent of reaching millions of people. It would have been different if he shared these views at home with his wife or family.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

I’m curious as to what inclusivity and diversity mean to you?

In my world, it means that everyone is able to participate without being vilified, humiliated or made to feel like they are less of a person of because of who they are.

It means giving people equal chance and equal opportunity.

None of that is compromised if Folau keeps his beliefs to himself.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

He has the right to say it.

But he is not free from the consequences of saying what he likes. And in this case, the consequence has been termination of his playing contract.

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

Smiggle, how are they discriminating against someone because of their personal beliefs?

Let me ask you this, if Folau held these beliefs and kept them to himself what would have happened?

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like