Fo­lau loses Land Rover, he’ll have to take the Lam­borgh­ini

The Southland Times - - Front Page -

Is­rael Fo­lau has re­port­edly lost his spon­sored Land Rover be­cause of his anti-gay posts on so­cial me­dia.

Ear­lier this year, Fo­lau claimed gay peo­ple were headed to ‘‘HELL ... un­less they re­pent their sins and turn to God’’. It was the first of sev­eral posts from Fo­lau’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts that con­tained anti-gay mes­sages in line with his religious be­liefs.

Land Rover re­placed BMW as the Wal­la­bies’ car spon­sor in Fe­bru­ary and Fo­lau was pro­vided with a new ve­hi­cle.

But fol­low­ing Fo­lau’s so­cial me­dia com­ments that gays were des­tined for hell on April 2, the ve­hi­cle was re­port­edly re­pos­sessed by Land Rover by April 9.

It had pre­vi­ously said its views did not align with Fo­lau’s.

Land Rover told the The Daily Tele­graph that Fo­lau was never an of­fi­cial am­bas­sador but re­ports said the mo­tor­ing gi­ant did take back a car given to Fo­lau.

It is un­der­stood to be the first fi­nan­cial hit for Fo­lau over his anti­gay Chris­tian stance.

But don’t ex­pect to see the 29-year-old Wal­la­bies and Waratahs star at a bus stop or train sta­tion any time soon.

He re­port­edly gets from A to B in a Lam­borgh­ini, worth around A$500,000 (NZ$546,000), that he pur­chased last year.

Rugby Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Rae­lene Cas­tle has met Fo­lau to raise her con­cerns but Fo­lau has not been sanc­tioned.

His stance has been crit­i­cised by for­mer and cur­rent play­ers from Aus­tralia and New Zealand and mem­bers of the gay com­mu­nity.

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