Tuesday 15 October 2019

Bundee Aki issues apology for 'any confusion or offence' caused by 'liking' of Israel Folau's homophobic post

Bundee Aki: Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Bundee Aki: Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland international, Bundee Aki has posted an explanation on his Instagram account following criticism after his 'liking' of Israel Folau's homophobic post.

Folau has been roundly condemned for his post of two weeks ago, where he stated that "Hell awaits you" for "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters." The Australian international has since been issued with a breach of contract notice by Rugby Australia and will face a code of conduct hearing on Saturday 4 May.

After England's Billy Vunipola was also reprimanded following his posting of a message in support of Folau, it was noticed that Aki had initially 'liked' the original post.

Tackling the issue online today, the Connacht centre said:

"I just want to address that I mistakenly like Israel Folau's post without paying any attention to the content. When I realised what the post was about I immediately unliked it straight away, as it does not reflect my views as a Christian. Yes I do believe in God but my belief is that he is a God of kindness, peace and loves people in all aspects.

"I have family members, friends and I have worked with many people who are gay and I have nothing but love and respect for every one of them.

"I do want to apologise for any confusion or offence this may have caused anyone, and I will pay more attention to what I 'like' in future."  

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