A star player for the beloved New Zealand rugby team – the All Blacks – has shown his support for the LGBTI community on Friday (19 April).
Angus Ta’avao donned rainbow laces on his boots during his Super Rugby team’s game on Friday. Ta’avao for the Chiefs who took on the Lions at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on New Zealand’s north island.
His statement comes after Australian player Israel Folau once again took to social media to tell LGBTI people they are going to hell. Last week, Rugby Australia and Rugby New South Wales terminated Folau’s multi-million dollar contract for defying warnings over his social media posts. Folau said he would appeal the decision.
Following, Folau’s posts a number of other sports players came out in support of the national player. Rugby fans booed English player Billy Vunipola after he ‘like’ Folau’s post. He also took to social media to say ‘Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?’
But Ta’avo reaffirmed his support for the community and wore the rainbow laces again. The Chiefs collectively wore the laces after Folau’s first homophobic post last year.
Ta’avo was one of many players to affirm their love for the LGBTI community following Folau’s comments.
Another All Black player, TJ Perenara, used Twitter to pledge his support.
‘You are loved. You are valued. You are enough. You are worthy. You are deserving. I got you,’ Perenara wrote on Twitter.
I don’t even know what to say.
You are loved
You are valued
You are enough
You are worthy
You are deserving
I got you
— Tj Perenara (@Tj_Perenara) April 12, 2019