Cricketer James Faulkner Confirms He's Not Gay, And His Post Was Misinterpreted
Cricketer James Faulkner unleashed a social media storm with comments about his "boyfriend", before clarifying what he meant.
The all-rounder's original Instagram post -- which showed him alongside his mother and a man called Rob Jubb whom he described as his "boyfriend" -- was widely interpreted as a "coming out" moment.
Faulkner, who has played one Test and 69 One Dayers for Australia, at first received praise for his courage from numerous sources for his courage in coming out.
While there are numerous openly gay cricketers in women's cricket in Australia, there are virtually none in the men's game.
"Happy birthday mate! Great courage," Faulkner's one-time Australian teammate Glenn Maxwell wrote.
Alex Blackwell from the Australian women's cricket team was another to offer her support.
But the 29-year-old -- it's his birthday today -- later issued a clarification to his post, saying the "boyfriend" in question was actually just his best mate.
Jubb is also Faulkner's business partner, and the "joke" appeared to be a reference to the amount of time they spend together.
Faulkner later confirmed that himself, stating:
"There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive."
Meanwhile Cricket Australia issued a statement which read:
"Cricket Australia does not consider the social commentary this morning from James Faulkner to be a joke, nor does James.
"His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years. He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship.
"James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognises coming out can be an incredibly emotional time. The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive.
"Cricket Australia apologises for any unintended offence."