Israel Folau has a history of saying anti-gay comments. | Photo: Instagram
The financial consequences of his ongoing anti-gay comments are starting to catch up with Australian rugby union player Israel Folau.
Land Rover has taken back a car it loaned the player as part of a AU$850,000 (US$638,000) annual deal with Rugby Australia, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The company apparently confiscated the car because they did not agree with Folau’s anti-gay comments.
Folau has long had controversial opinions about the LGBTI community. Including last year when he declared he was voting ‘no’ to same-sex marriage in a national vote on the issue.
Folau just can’t stop
But he got himself into hot water in April when he told an Instagram user that ‘HELL’ was ‘God’s Plan’ for gay people. Folau did not receive any discipline for his comments from Rugby Australia or New South Wales Rugby where he plays for the Waratahs.
‘I stand firm in what I believe in and that’s something personal with who I am,’ Folau said in April.
‘That’s something that comes truly from the bottom of my heart. That doesn’t interfere with anything to do with my rugby and the guys around me.’
But even after coming under international scrutiny, Folau refused to back down. On Twitter he compared himself to a ‘persecuted prophet’ and penned a long op-ed about his Christianity and belief in Jesus.
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) 8 April 2018
Then only ten days ago, Folau was at it again when he posted a lengthy video on Twitter featuring a sermon from US pastor David Wilkerson. In the video, Wilkerson implores people to ‘Get right with God’. While images in the video feature gay parties and rainbow lights shone onto the White House.
Folau may no longer have a Land Rover, but he’s apparently still getting around in his self-bought AU$500,000 Lamborghini.