All Black faces NZRU after "homophobic comment"
All Black Lima Sopoaga is facing a formal employment process after making a âhomophobic commentâ on Instagram, ten months after the New Zealand Rugby Union announced the launch of a diversity initiative.
Fellow All Black Malakai Fekitoa posted a photo on Instagram to his over 250,000 followers of two rugby players kissing him on the cheek with the caption âThese two arenât wellâ.
Lima Sopoaga's comment was made on this Instagram photo posted by Malakai Fekitoa.
Sopoaga commented âhah gayyyyyyyyyyyeâ on the post, a comment has been criticised by captain of the NZ Falcons, Jeremy Brankin.
The rugby player has since apologised for his remark and further commented on the Instagram post saying "sorry to anyone who took offence to my comment above. I'm not homophobic but understand how my comment may have been interpreted that way. Chur have a nice dayâ.
Radio New Zealand reports that the Rugby Union will now discuss the matter with Sopoaga in a formal employment process.