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Notably Rich Man Israel Folau Is Begging For Handouts To “Fight” Rugby Australia

Folau is reaping the consequences of maintaining a worldview that posits other human beings as lesser, and he should absolutely be doing that reaping all by himself.

Israel Folau sets up Gofundme

Rugby player Israel Folau is famous for two things: repeatedly spitting homophobic and ignorant invective, and making a lot of money.

The latter point is important. Back in 2015, Folau signed a highly-publicised three-year deal with the Waratahs and the Wallabies that bagged him $2 million per season. And despite making more money per year than most of us will ever see in one lump sum over the course of our entire lifetimes, Folau has now turned to his audience, begging for their financial support, so that he might “fight” Rugby Australia’s decision to drop him over his homophobic remarks.

Folau has turned to Gofundme to fundraise for this costly pity party, and is seeking to amass at least $3 million, which he says he will spend on taking Rugby Australia to court.

“Rugby Australia have already said that they will ‘divert significant resources’ to fight me in court,” Folau has written on the Gofundme page. “Even if I win, Rugby Australia can appeal. There is every chance that a prominent test case like this could take years and eventually end up in the High Court of Australia.”

According to the rugby player, he has already sunk $100,000 of his own money into court proceedings. Which is his prerogative to do. Significantly less his prerogative is twisting an issue of one company suspending a player for making deeply homophobic and ignorant remarks into some kind of breach of free speech that threatens all Australians.

Folau is reaping the consequences of maintaining a worldview that posits other human beings as lesser, and he should absolutely be doing that reaping all by himself.