Cronulla Sharks flyer Ronaldo Mulitalo said that despite his own devout faith, he’d have no issues wearing a pride jersey, should the club choose to make one.
“I wouldn’t mind [wearing it] myself – I love my charity work, I love being for the people,” he told Danny Weidler for Nine News.
It comes as the Sharks prepare to face Manly, with the opportunity to just about lock-up a top four spot with a win.
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The Sea Eagles’ season was derailed after a group of their players refused to don the pride kit for a defeat against the Roosters – and the club has now lost four games in a row.
“A couple of my best mates are part of the gay community, and I support them and love them just as much,” Mulitalo said.
“I’ll stand up, and stand tall for them.”
A keen advocate for mental health, the 22-year-old said that religion wasn’t an excuse to discriminate against vulnerable communities.
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“I’m religious, but I’m not one to judge,” he said.
“We speak about mental health, I’m serious about it – and those people are doing it tough. I want to make sure that they know that there’s people standing with them.”
The talk of the pride jersey isn’t just relevant because of their opponents this weekend. Sharks forward Toby Rudolf was front and centre during the debate, as he shared his own fluid sexual experiences.
“Love is love at the end of the day – we’ve obviously got Toby here and I can’t really go against him – he’s one of my best mates, and I really want to rally around him as well,” Mulitalo said.
“For anyone out there that’s still trying to find out who they are, just know that there’s people out there like us that support and love you.”
Mulitalo added that he wasn’t scared of fan backlash as a result of his views.
“I’m not scared, I’m my own person – I like to speak out loudly, so what I feel is what I feel. Not everyone’s going to agree with it and that’s alright, I’m fine with that,” he added.
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