Folau, who returned to rugby league final yr after being sacked by Rugby Australia for a homophobic social media put up, selected to not take a knee alongside his teammates and St Helens gamers on Sunday. Throughout a variety of competitions, together with the Premier League, Method One and the NBA, athletes have knelt to indicate solidarity for the Black Lives Matter motion and to spotlight racial injustice.
“As a gaggle of gamers and training workers, we spoke about it in depth and as a membership we’re utterly towards racism and all for equal alternative,” McNamara instructed reporters.
“However there have been some gamers and workers who made the choice to not take the knee.
“That was primarily based on private alternative, they’ve their very own causes for doing that, and we determined we’d respect anybody’s private alternative on the matter.”
CNN contacted Catalans Dragons in search of remark from Folau however had not acquired a response on the time of publication.
In addition to taking a knee, athletes have been carrying t-shirts with anti-racism slogans as sport has resumed in current months.
Final week, Orlando Magic ahead Jonathan Isaac was the primary NBA participant to not stand for the Nationwide Anthem.
He later defined that he did not suppose placing on a shirt and kneeling went “hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives,” including that the gospel can “carry us nearer collectively.”
Folau, a religious Christian, isn’t any stranger to controversy having been embroiled in a prolonged dispute with Rugby Australia over an Instagram put up stating that “hell awaits” homosexual individuals, which finally led to him switching codes and returning to rugby league. READ: Isaac responds after being lone NBA gamers to face for Nationwide AnthemGo to CNN.com/sport for extra information, movies and options
He signed a one-year contract with Catalans in January and has since made 4 Tremendous League appearances, together with Sunday’s 34-6 defeat by St Helens.
The Tremendous League returned on Sunday following a four-and-a-half month hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic.