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Six of the worst fallacies surrounding the Israel Folau case

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08.05.2019

The Israel Folau thing? The first part of it is fairly simple.

This time a year ago he made a post on social media vilifying gays which engulfed his employers at Rugby Australia, his Wallaby and Waratah teammates, and the entire game over three weeks of misery.

Making his point quite clearly: Israel Folau's social media posts.Credit:AAP

Despite that, Rugby Australia in its wisdom – or perhaps, lack thereof – decided to contract him again for four years on a salary of a $1 million a year. It boiled down to: “We want you to take bombs, tackle, score tries and ... one more thing. We want you to promise not to put another post up like the last one, engulfing us all in precisely the same agony as last time.”

Despite that, a month ago, Folau put up a post on social media which put Australian rugby through precisely the same agony. The inquiry of the past few days, presided over by three heavyweight legal-beagles – and addressed by the legal hawks of both Folau and Rugby Australia – has been just the first of perhaps two or three rounds of legal testing as to whether Folau did legally commit to avoid damaging posts; whether he breached that legal commitment; and whether it warrants Rugby Australia tearing up his contract.

The fact that Rugby Australia clearly won the first round is encouraging. It gives a strong indication of how the next legal rounds might go, but it is not definitive.

That is the situation as it stands and, of course, against that there have been many claims........

© Brisbane Times