Former Test prop Dan Palmer won plaudits Friday after becoming the first Wallabies player to come out as gay, a decision spurred in part by homophobic comments by sacked star Israel Folau. He hung up his boots in and in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald Friday revealed the struggles he faced throughout his career, including contemplating suicide. Despite his demons, Palmer said he enjoyed his time at the Waratahs and Brumbies and never felt discriminated against, insisting "the battle for me was primarily with myself". While not feeling able to go public at the time, he said born-again Christian Folau's explosive comments last year that "hell awaits" gay people and the subsequent fallout spurred him to act. Folau, Super Rugby's record try-scorer who played 73 times for the Wallabies, was fired by Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby after his comments in a move that proved highly divisive.
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Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time. When Folau made similar remarks on April 5, , he escaped with a warning but no sanction. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts. Folau has also publicly aired his opposition to same-sex marriage. The year-old Folau has , Instagram followers. By late afternoon Thursday, the controversial post had received 14, likes and 13, comments.
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With doubts over Jordan Henderson recovering in time, Rice looks set to be one of England's key players at the Euros. It is hard to imagine any of those half-dozen clubs and their managers would turn their nose up at the idea of having Rice in their ranks. It does not mean West Ham will get a record-breaking sum for Rice - if, of course, they decide to cash in - but if Moyes is saying his year-old midfielder would be one of the hottest properties in a current transfer market, he would be absolutely right. A relatively serious groin operation, which he underwent in February at the age of 30, might just take a bit of getting over.
NOT," he wrote in the post. Not cool! Levi later clarified his comments on Facebook. However, we empathise that it can be confronting to see yourself and the things you say play out on national television.