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The catastrophic campfire caused by the Manly Sea Eagles media team’s attempt to be the first NRL club to wear an LGBTI pride shirt, without any consultation with players and coaching staff until whether made public by press release, continues to spiral out of control.
While Coach Des Hasler did well to put out the fires of the culture wars with a clear and concise public statement earlier today, the media vultures are doing their best to keep this “scandal” going. finally.
Des Hasler confirmed today that the squad will still wear the rainbow colored kit on Thursday, while supporting players who have decided not to play due to a religious stance.
The coach says seven players will not play in Thursday’s game against the Roosters at Brookvale, where the Sea Eagles will become the first NRL club to wear a rainbow kit, in a particularly awkward step for the rugby league.
NRL leaders, already overwhelmed by the drama surrounding a Titans player sacked for half-time vaping, as well as video referee mistakes over the weekend, today had to intervene on the Pride Jersey saga .
While the NRL confirms that they love posting pictures of footballers praying together after games, they also have to accept that sometimes people who pray a lot, don’t really like getting involved in advancing the LGBTI community, and haven’t really been known for it since the beginning of organized religion.
This was confirmed by a statement from the NRL a few moments ago.
“While we understand that happy batting footballers may not wish to wear the Manly Sea Eagles NRL Premier Pride Shirt…,” the statement read.
“We also understand that many fans, gay and non-gay, feel a deeply fundamental opposition to wearing any manly colors or symbols.”
“In fact, a lot more people would find it hard to wear a Manly jersey than a rainbow flag…So we had to find a compromise”
“If you’re a Manly fan who goes to a church that doesn’t allow you to wear a rainbow stripe, you can just wear any other shirt they have”
“It’s not like they’re going to win a premiership this year, so it’s probably cheap as shit to buy online anyway. True fans will already have a non-gay jersey from when they were winning, like ten years ago”
“As for fans who are sickened by manly symbols, but want to support gay people, we’ve released an unmanly pro-gay jersey just for you”
The jersey, which contains only five threads of rainbow fabric, is on sale at the moment on the NRL website, priced at $299. For an additional $15, you can pick up the Express Post which should reach you in time for this weekend’s very first Pride game, which is actually the Hero Womens Round.