Thanks for the breakdown. This break down is essentially your opinion which appears you are insisting upon ( which is shared by some others) as the way in which NRL players I guess sports people in general should order their moral priorities as an individual who has due to their vocation the possible capacity to have more influence upon others than most other vocations. In short a group think ( memetic group) not a consensus group collective’s opinion. This opinion is also suggesting that these people because of this position of perceived privilege be willing to sacrifice personal beliefs as in this case spiritual ones to follow/ submit to the group think desire.
It appears that you from the post where our conversation started are prepared to imply that any player not willing to fall in line with your group think priority should be somewhat punished and thus marginalised. Whilst I fully emphasise with the noble cause you are promoting I see this justification to attempt to limit an individual’s choice as scary as your profile picture.
I guess we have now had equal opportunity to be straight with each other….
In your initial post you suggested the following: “Move on the 7 along with the Reggie's who wouldn't play in their spot,I hate that there's a spot for bigots in our club wearing our jersey, start with the world's smallest prop Josh A'homophobe”
Interesting take, I was shamefully once like these, coming from Sydney's West, I remember feeling embarrassed and ashamed when someone I looked up to, perhaps someone we both looked up to, came out so to speak
Years later my eyes were forever opened,I had been changing slowly, hatred was never part of my makeup towards the group, more like I guess you'd say a general feeling of uncomfortable, as if I could catch it via osmosis
I was lucky enough to play a season of cricket with a completely regular guy, nothing set me to think he was one of 'them', he was my teammate and if someone targeted him you could bet your ass I'd torture them,I was our pace spearhead, I had the speed, the fire and I was not against causing pain, within reason, they'd be going home pasted in bruises,I guess I'm proud to say once he informed us nothing changed and I'm quite ashamed of the stupid kid I was, from a **** town that was essentially a hole, as in coming in from any direction seen you going down hill
Like it or not and like I said for mostly the worst people especially in Australia look up to sports stars, I'll repeat the jersey was never a gay pride jersey, it was inclusivity, women, Indians, Asians, LGBTQ,even 'half castes' like myself ,that jersey's intention was to include everyone, regardless of colour, creed or sexual preference
These players made it about themselves, they came out and virtually said as one voice 'we do not accept you, we reject you LGBTQ folk as you've made a choice to be like that' which I can safely say no, nobody has that choice
How would I know if I'm not one of that community? Simple, my 'perversion' which I didn't pick, because ridicule sucks, especially when your younger and hetero male friends, but my type deals with that too , in a more sadistic way, I'm straight by the way, not that it matters, none of this was a choice, but Freddy Mercury was right about what makes the world go around