The Manly 7 players in the National Rugby League (NRL), who have stirred up controversy in the media for refusing to wear the pride jersey this week have reportedly been furious at claims by club owner Scott Penn that stated that they would be open to donning the inclusive gear next year.
The Sea Eagles players have shut down any reports that they would backflip on their decision to boycott donning the pride jersey, including future games.
Penn initially revealed that the seven jersey boycotters (Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley) were committed to finding a solution to the dispute and would be open to wearing the pride jersey in the 2src23 season on Thursday evening.
He described the decision to boycott as centred on a lack of consultation regarding the players’ religious and cultural beliefs.
Speaking to 9News, Penn confirmed the jerseys would return next season and that the players have indicated they were open to getting involved.
“That’s the message they were very clear on — let’s work together,” he said.
However, 9News sports reporter Danny Weidler announced a new twist in the Manly controversy, stating that the players were “fuming” with the club owner and dismissed Penn’s claims that they would be open to wearing the pride jersey.
Weidler posted to Twitter on Friday, “Manly 7 fuming about claim they will soften their stance on ‘pride jersey’. A r
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