NRL players at various clubs have weighed in on the controversy in Manly.
Seven Sea Eagles players pulled out of Thursday’s game against the Roster in protest against the club by wearing Pride jerseys.
Jason Saab, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakauatu, Tolutau Kula, Josh Aloyai, Toafofoa Siplei and Christian Tupulutu were not consulted in the decision to miss the game on religious grounds.
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The changes to the jersey included several rainbow stripes in an attempt to make it “represent diversity and inclusion.”
Dragons duo Andrew McCullough and Jayden Suah said they had no problem wearing the Pride jersey.
McCullough took a subtle dig at the Manly players, pointing out that one of their main sponsors is a beer brand – drinking alcohol is also considered a sin.
“I don’t mind. I drink beer on the weekends so I don’t mind wearing a shirt like this,” McCullough told Illawarra Mercury.
“You’re going to be without seven players this year. In hindsight, maybe they’ve already been asked.
But it is very difficult, it is difficult to comment not being there.
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Sua admits it was a difficult situation for all involved.
“We don’t have that drama, we don’t have the pride jersey, but everyone has different views and opinions,” Sua said.
“Of course I can’t comment on what they do. This is probably a difficult situation, they are around the 20 point mark.
“Losing seven quality players…you know it hurts.
“But at the end of the day it’s their choice, their belief.
“I came here to play football, if the club wants me to work, I will wear the shirt.”
Following the release of Manly’s round 20 jersey, Rabbitohs forward Thomas Burgess revealed on Instagram that the Sea Eagles had approved the latest kit and suggested the Rabbitohs follow suit.
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Parramatta Eels captain Clint Guterson admitted it was a “sensitive” topic.
“A lot of people just play the game and want to play the game,” Guterson said. A big sports breakfast.
“There’s always a lot of news that people have, it’s serious, it’s delicate.
“They are in a difficult situation but that is the situation and they have to deal with it.”
Warriors forward and former Sea Eagles star Adin Fonua-Blake understood the reason behind the players’ decision.
“I know there are a lot of cultural beliefs and religions that go into their decision not to wear the jersey, but I have nothing but respect for the guys and I have no ill opinion,” Fonua-Blake said. Stuff.co.nz.
Teammate Shawn Johnson was balanced in his opinion.
“I think to each his own,” he said.
“If we are asked to respect the proud community, we must also respect the Christian or religious community.
“So I’m with you. I have no opinion either way. It’s not for me to worry.
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