Roosters coach Trent Robinson has made it clear any form of discrimination will be “unacceptable” in today’s game – sending a message to the seven Manly players who stood up that “everyone is equal”.
On Thursday, Robinson’s side face Manly, who are in deep depression following their decision to wear rainbow-trimmed shirts to represent members of the LGBTQIA community.
Sea Eagles coach Des Hassler said at a press conference yesterday that the device’s purpose is to “support campaigns and human rights related to gender, race, culture, ability and the LGBTQ movement.”
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Hassler apologized for the club’s handling of the shirt introduction, but Robinson said: “Unfortunately in 2022 we’re still having this conversation.”
“What the owners of Manly have decided to do is great and it’s unfortunate that it’s turned out this way because everyone is equal, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference,” Robinson said.
“Let people make their choices and we don’t discriminate against them, we’re still doing that, that’s why it’s sad.
“Both groups got Gotcha4Life [are supporting]… Sponsors have given their space to Gotcha4Life.
“We’re really looking forward to representing and talking about male suicide and even the high rate of it.
But in the young gay community it is five times higher than in the mainstream community, which means they are not included.
“In the year
“We have to go to a better place…I want to say that we are inclusive, we accept you for who you are and we care about you and we have to move forward that way.”
When asked if he would wear the jersey to represent and support the opportunity, Robinson said he spoke to his players about it.
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“Of course … because we have to move forward, that’s my personal view,” Robinson said.
“I have spoken to my players about it, we have spoken about it openly.
“We’ve got work to do and we’re looking to dominate tomorrow night by playing our roster’s style of football, but whether we like it or not, whether we have sponsors on the jersey or not, we’ve got things on the jersey that we represent.”
“And you know it’s up to the clubs and the game, but my personal opinion is that I’m all about equality, and I want people to feel cared for and loved and have a place regardless of their gender preference,” he said.
The Tricolours’ coach compared the anger he felt this week to other minority groups that happened years ago.
“This is not about rugby league, this is a moment that highlights a wider rugby league issue, this is a community issue that is highlighted in our sport and in other sports around the world,” Robinson said.
“It’s still an issue.
“If someone had said we are not going to wear the indigenous jersey, there would have been an uproar.
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“40 years ago, it would have been like that, 80 years ago women wouldn’t have been involved in the league round, we moved on that, we didn’t move on that.
“We want to be dominant in tomorrow’s game, but we have to be inclusive like everyone else. No one is better than anyone else.
“There’s still a lot of work to do.”