Men’s rugby league club apologizes for ‘mismanagement’ of Pride jersey release after several players refused to wear it

The Manly Warringa Sea Eagles of the National Rugby League (NRL) have announced a special one-off jersey that will replace all the white spots on the traditional kit with rainbow colors to promote inclusiveness.

However, the day after the jersey was unveiled, several Manly players said they would not play in the game against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday because they had not been consulted on the kit, citing religious and cultural differences, according to the commission chairman. ARL Peter W. ‘village ice.

And in a remorseful press conference on Tuesday, Manly coach Des Hasler apologized for how the jersey launch went and for not consulting with his players.

“The purpose of using the rainbow color on our jersey was to represent diversity and inclusiveness… to reach all groups that feel marginalized, face discrimination and have a suppressed share of the voice,” Hasler. said reporters.

“The intent of the T-shirt was to support the protection and human rights of LGBTQ gender, race, culture, abilities and movements. Unfortunately, the execution of what should have been an extremely important initiative was poor. There has been little consultation or collaboration between key stakeholders both inside and outside the club.

“Unfortunately, this poor management has caused considerable confusion, discomfort and pain for many people. We even negatively impacted our gaming group, a wonderful group of people made up of a wide variety of races and cultural backgrounds.

“We want to sincerely apologize for the mistakes we made. We want to apologize to minority groups within the community who take the colors of the rainbow as a symbol of pride in who they are and what they stand for.

“We want to apologize to the LGBT community that uses the color of the rainbow out of pride, advocacy and protection of human rights. We accept your cultural beliefs and hope you accept our apology.”

Hasler confirmed that the players will not be participating in Thursday’s game against the Roosters, but the club will continue to wear the All in the League jersey.

Courageous Captain Daley Cherry-Evans, who sat next to Hasler at the press conference, said none of his teammates or employees were aware of the kit before it was launched, but explained that it was intended to “represent diversity and inclusion for all”.

He also said he would be “proudly wearing the jersey to try and support inclusion and diversity”.

The question came up ahead of the NRL’s annual “Women in the League” round of matches, which is used to highlight women working in the game. Hasler apologized for threatening to overshadow an important initiative.

Hasler speaks to the media.

W’landis said he believes Australian rugby league is an inclusive sport.

“Let me say, however, that I am proud that in rugby league we treat everyone equally. We are all human. It doesn’t matter what skin color, sexual orientation or race you are. we’re all equal,” V’landis said Tuesday at the Harvey Norman Women in League Breakfast.

“We will never take a step back in making our sport inclusive, but at the same time, we will not disrespect the freedoms of these players, and they have these freedoms.

“If they don’t want to play, I respect that. They are well aware of our inclusion policy and we are proud of it. This is our position at the moment.”