Inclusion: New League boss starts by defaming a Christian

Peter V’landys – the well-known horse-racing administrator who has taken over the Australian Rugby League chairmanship from Peter Beattie – continued the corporate sporting elite’s endless hate-war against Israel Folau today by linking him to unspecified children’s deaths and suggesting the former Wallaby had also assaulted children:

Peter V’landys says Israel Folau puts other people’s lives at risk.

“The game is inclusive. Israel’s comments are not inclusive … I have no tolerance for people that put other people’s lives (at risk) or (commit) violence. It’s a big statement to make. With due respect to Israel, what he says, young kids listen to. He is a role model. They act on it. And when you’re a kid at school and you get bashed up because you’re different, I don’t think that’s a good thing.”

It certainly is a big statement to make and I hope Folau’s lawyers have been made aware of it. The statement is a lie. Israel Folau has never harmed a child, incited anyone else to harm a child or demonstrably harmed a child by anything he has said or written. Nor is there any evidence that professing evangelical Christian views of salvation or sexuality has ever caused a single child to be “bashed up” or killed.

On the other hand, there is New Zealand West Tigers prop Russell Packer

V’landys also spoke about his views on players misbehaving and said he has a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.

However, in some instances, he believes players should be given a second chance to turn their life around if they have been previously punished, using Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer as an example.

“We need to make sure we’re not punishing people twice,” he said.

Packer didn’t do anything so heinous as quote the Bible, of course. Oh no:

On 29 November 2013, Packer appeared before court in Sydney, New South Wales, charged with assaulting a 22-year-old man, fracturing his eye socket. Packer punched the man in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground. Packer then punched the man several times as he lay on the ground and stomped on his head, leaving the victim with two fractured facial bones. On 6 January 2014, Packer was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Magistrate Greg Grogan labeled Packer’s actions as “cowardly and deplorable.”

Welcomed back with open arms. Now that’s what I call inclusive. Peter Beattie was the worst rugby league administrator in the history of the game and I didn’t think his particular brand of oily ineptitude could be topped. V’landys, however, has proven he’s more than equal to the challenge.

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34 Responses to Inclusion: New League boss starts by defaming a Christian

  1. Slim Cognito

    I’m assuming one of his KPI’s is to finish rugby off for good in Australia and lose all of it’s support base. How else would you explain his appointment? He is getting straight on with the job.

  2. mh

    Brisbane Bronco Matt Lodge was welcomed back by the NRL after terrorising a New York family during a drug and alcohol fuelled home invasion. Link

    But he has never quoted the Bible on his social media account, and that’s the main thing.

  3. mem

    The Vlandis fellow has been in the job for five minutes and he has already off sided half the supporters or more. Sack the Board. Maybe bring in some people from league who know how to play and build gamesmanship. I despair at the inept handling of a once great League.

  4. Percy Popinjay

    Rugby League has always been a pastime prone to intrinsic and absurd contradictions.

    Unfortunately, the Foke* have picked up on this fact.

    *Folk who be woke

  5. Knuckle Dragger

    Excellent job, Mr Awther.

    *thunderous applause*

  6. Percy Popinjay

    As opposed to the Folkes, who I would love to see get out there and deal with the Foke in his traditional unmerciless style.

  7. mh

    C.L., is it too late to suggest a title?

    Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss

  8. C.L.

    A far better title, mh, indeed.
    Alas, I think changing it messes with the URL or something.

  9. well-known horse-racing administrator who has taken over the Australian Rugby League chairmanship from Peter Beattie

    This is like the world championship of retard doorknob fucking.

    Watching what has happened to league since 1995 to me is like watching a cruel neighbour torture and kill your old doggie that once was your puppy that your awful parents made you give up at 12 weeks…now your psycho neighbour has the elderly dog and is going full Buffalo Bill on Precious!

    Get John Ribot in NOW, cut the woke bullshit, END the STUPID rules players and fans don’t actually like, KILL OFF the stupid contract with Channel NEIN! and their deadshit comentators that put more people OFF the game, get decent global television rights, TRAIN the players how not to be financially ruined at 40, BUILD the game up like how it was strong at the grassroots level, (GET THE OLD CLIBS BACK AND EXPAND THEM INTO ENEMY TERRITORY – North Sydney should be nipping at the heels of rugby in St Ives and Willougby) BE AGGRESSIVE in expanding (as having a fortress mentality DID NOT WORK in the face of AFL expansion) and try to MAKE THE GAME A GLOBAL GAME once more, winning the world cup in RL doesn’t mean much more than beating Bradford or St Helens post season. FINALLY, get some DECENT, SEXY marketing like the old “WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE” or “SIMPLY THE BEST” and give it global branding with a GLOBAL SUPERSTAR.

    The ought to really try to be bigger globally that union, bigger than AFL here and possibly look at a format like the EPL/FA Cup.

    I don’t buy this bilge about clubs being unviable. Tickets are overpriced and food at Bruce Stadium IIRC is non-existant and the SFS is appaing and over rpiced.

    Billion dollar TV rights but Brookvale Oval and Leichardt had or still have some very “1960’s local council” style wooden bleachers that were being destroyed by termites?

    Yeah right.

    I doubt Vince Lombardi would have put up with that at the Packers (a community owned NFL franchise).

  10. How are any players in the NRL poorly paid when each club has lucrative sponsorships, poker machine and liquor revenue, EXPENSIVE merchandise and the NRL has a current 2 billion AUD broadcast contract with Nein! ??? Then there is the football cards kids have, individual sponsorships, endorsements and so on.

    I think ALL players are being dudded, even the “highest paid” players.

    A lot of useless bloodsucking parasites are getting rich off the players whilst the sport is taking great strides backwards.

  11. C.L.

    A lot of useless bloodsucking parasites are getting rich off the players whilst the sport is taking great strides backwards.

    Absolutely, Dot. The monies involved here are stupendous. The players are being robbed. The more AFL and ARL administrators talk about “our game” (notice how they use that unctuous phrase all the time?), the more you realise they mean, their game.

  12. classical_hero

    The more “inclusive” people are, the more they exclude people.

  13. Eyrie

    ” his particular brand of oily ineptitude could be topped.”
    Well Bligh gave it a good go as Premier of Queensland.

  14. Iampeter

    Just more leftist identity politics at Australia’s Leading Centre-Right Blog. Yawn.

  15. Bronson

    That statement will cost the league a bit. Great start for the new maroon. To go one better than beattie is not an achievement. The inherent contradiction he continues to present is confusing abusers and drug addicts get a second chance but not religious conviction? How can he hope to reconcile this with what is a large portion of his support base of that other monothestic religion?

  16. Bronson

    Wrong thread iampeter. Not had your morning meds yet?

  17. Suburban Boy

    Any sort of bashing is forgivable except Bible bashing.

  18. Candy

    Like classical_hero says, the more a person talks about inclusiveness, you know they have a list of people they don’t want in their special group, who aren’t “good enough” for them.

  19. Iampeter
    #3199632, posted on November 2, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Just more leftist identity politics at Australia’s Leading Centre-Right Blog. Yawn.

    Not at all. I’ve given the ARL/NRL an epic truth bomb of raw knowledge and righteousness.

    You probably think David Gallup was a great CEO whilst you root for the Manly Sharks.

    My family have plenty of history and high profile connections with rugby league (I’m not bullshitting here). If you have had your eyes open, the change and indeed fall from the heights of the late 1980s is a modern day tragedy.

    If this happened in Victoria to AFL, you would not hear anything except this story in Victorian news.

  20. dover_beach

    Has this happened in any Australian code before? That is, someone who has done nothing illegal is sacked from his existing codes and then refused entry in competing codes?

  21. The in-season, full retail cost of an NRL replica jersey is 159 AUD.

    Ask yourself how many people in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Wollongong and in small cities and in country towns buy these each and every year.

    The worst seats in the house at Brookvale Oval (very basic, not truly up to the standard of a national event with global TV sales) are 32 AUD per seat.

    Also remember that referees get paid better than a young unknown first grade player.

    They’re not all Ricky Stuart to start with, with a big name expectation coming from elite rugby union. Some start off as quiet achievers.

    Imagine being a young Aiden Tolman and being paid less than the turkey with the Labrador and the whistle?

  22. David Brewer

    The inherent contradiction he continues to present is confusing abusers and drug addicts get a second chance but not religious conviction?

    I think you have put your finger on the problem. Bashing the daylights out of someone, doing drugs, behaving like a drunken thug etc. are all discrete acts. No matter how many times you perform them, or whether you are punished or repent etc., they’re still over as soon as they are done.

    Folau’s different. He has religious convictions that won’t go away. Now, if he were to convert to intersectionality, global warming alarmism, or even Islam or Communism – anything that undermined the foundations of our civilization – he might hope to be forgiven his trespasses and welcomed back to the fold.

    V’landys misses this crucial distinction between behaviour and beliefs. In the clip he actually seems to think that Folau has some connection with violence (which is false), yet he is also prepared to forgive actual violence (which is hypocritical). Moreover – but check this for yourself – something in the way he talks also suggests to me that he is as thick as two short planks…

  23. Percy Popinjay

    the turkey with the Labrador and the whistle

    LOL.

    I grew up in the golden age of league. What’s happened to the game since that fuckhead murdoch took to it with a chainsaw is a national tragedy.

    Heads on pikes worthy stuff.

  24. The Dummy Terrorgraph has some recent article about ‘da greatest minds in da NRL’ putting a plan together to make league great again, but I’m not paying to read the Ballina local paper; nor do I have any faith in the Great Peter “Manly Sharks” Beattie.

  25. Rossini

    ARL pillow bitters and thugs welcomed Christians NOT

  26. Lee

    “The game is inclusive. Israel’s comments are not inclusive … I have no tolerance for people that put other people’s lives (at risk) or (commit) violence. It’s a big statement to make. With due respect to Israel, what he says, young kids listen to. He is a role model. They act on it. And when you’re a kid at school and you get bashed up because you’re different, I don’t think that’s a good thing.”

    Complete and utter BS “reasoning”, with nary a scrap of evidence to support it.

    Of course, when there are instances of actual hate-preaching by Islam!c clerics, people like Peter V’landys are noticeable by their silence.

  27. Rockdoctor

    The Dummy Terrorgraph has some recent article about ‘da greatest minds in da NRL’ putting a plan together to make league great again, but I’m not paying to read the Ballina local paper; nor do I have any faith in the Great Peter “Manly Sharks” Beattie.

    Peter Beattie & great minds don’t belong in the same sentence. The dude made up his war stories about fighting Sir Joh on the streets to boost his cred, the truth was much less benign. Then he moved through the ALP ranks finally making an absolute mess of Queensland and the present corruption is as a result of his impression of the see no evil monkeys and obsession with controlling the media image (also a highly litigious man I hear on the grapevine especially with some personal scandals). He then royally stuffed the Commonwealth Games and again the local media slapped him with a lettuce leaf. Then appears as RL Chairman which deftly stuffs up again with no blowback. Sad thing is I can see this dude being lionised on his death despite a life of ineptitude.

  28. Tel

    Has this happened in any Australian code before? That is, someone who has done nothing illegal is sacked from his existing codes and then refused entry in competing codes?

    It might make you believe in some sort of high level coordination happening.

    Could the low probability of such events perhaps be evidence of an interventionist God?

    Yours in epistemological curiosity.

  29. Percy Popinjay

    Could the low probability of such events perhaps be evidence of an interventionist God?

    No.

  30. I_am_not_a_robot

    … I hope Folau’s lawyers have been made aware of it …

    Snitch.

  31. dover_beach

    Could the low probability of such events perhaps be evidence of an interventionist God?

    No, just evidence of human collusion.

  32. Richard Bender

    As opposed to the Folkes, who I would love to see get out there and deal with the Foke in his traditional unmerciless style.

    Unfortunately, Folkes these days has the slight handicap of being dead. Although his corpse could probably still give V’landys a good arse kicking.

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