John Hopoate Thinks People Need To 'Toughen The F Up' Over Israel Folau Comments
Controversial former NRL player John Hopoate has come out swinging in defence of Israel Folau.
Wallabies player, Folau, is facing having his contract terminated after making homophobic posts on Instagram.
Hopoate, a former Manly player who serving a 10 year ban from rugby league, took to Facebook on Tuesday evening to stand by the rugby player, and said people are "carrying on like he murdered someone".
"Why’s everyone so worried about what Israel Folau said," he said.
"If your (sic) a bloody HOMO who cares, I’ve been called racist names and all other crap all my life and if you can’t handle been told your going to hell we’ll toughen the F up cause no 1 cares if you do or if you don’t."
Hopoate then voiced what seems to be his own opinion on the matter.
"But 1 thing I can say is GOD MADE ADAM AND EVE NOT ADAM AND STEVE," he said.
A series of hashtags were then used at the end of the post, including " #IfTheBossOfTheMajorSponsorIsAHomo" and "#LookForAnotherSponsor".
Last year, his son Will, who plays for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL, also voiced his support for Folau. In 2018 Folau made comments about homosexuals being destined for hell unless they 'repented'.
"I don't want to delve into it too much [but] I think it's been blown out of proportion," he said at the time.
"It's his opinion and he's sharing what he believes in. I've said it before, it's a choice to be offended."
Will left the NRL in 2012 for his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also given permission by the Bulldogs to miss Sunday games for religious reasons but later agreed to play all games when he was given a contract extension in 2017.
Folau has until 2pm on Wednesday to challenge Rugby Australia's decision to terminate his contract.