Abbie Chatfield slams Manly Sea Eagles players: 'Fragile and weak'
The Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield has hit out at some Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players, after they took a stand against the club’s new pride jerseys.
Speaking on her Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield radio show on Monday evening, the queer host accused the players of being ‘fragile’, ‘weak’ and ‘homophobic’.
Seven players have refused to wear the jersey, which includes some rainbow lines on the front, neck and arms, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason why.
All seven players won’t be playing against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday, to make their position clear.
The Masked Singer judge didn’t hold back, and slammed the players on her show.
“It’s just embarrassing for them, sorry that you are so weak and so fragile, that you can’t handle having a strip of rainbow across your chest and on your neck, to support communities who aren’t included most of the time,” she ranted.
“Sorry that you have to go out of your way to wear a normal jersey, that you’re being provided [with], that has a bit of rainbow on it, just so you can include the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Sorry that you’re so homophobic, you’re so homophobic,” she said passionately.
The podcaster then made a bold call — suggesting the seven players should all be dropped from the team.
“Stand them down!” she said. “Basically if you’re a Sea Eagles player that isn’t going to play because of a little rainbow on your shirt, you’re embarrassing and you’re weak,” she spat out.
She also addressed the issue on her It's A Lot podcast, saying: "If you’re going to be outwardly homophobic in 2022, and be so scared of a rainbow stripe on a jersey, maybe you’re not brave enough to play sport."
Many passionate fans share the same view as Abbie, and have applauded the club for being inclusive.
In fact, the pride jerseys sold out online within hours of the news, with fans showing support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
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