We’ve been following the petty story of Israel closely for some time now. It was obvious it wasn’t going to end well for Rugby Australia and, lo it came to pass.
They’ve settled with him before the court case, probably because of the minor difficulty that they forgot to insist on a social media clause when his contract was renewed 10 months ago.
I’d guess that mistake is worth about 5 years’ of his salary, so somewhere between $7m and $8m.
The missing social media restriction clause would have been no more than 50 words. So, about $150k a word.
Even Ed Sheeran doesn’t get paid at that rate.
In the main, the commentators on this organ knew what was going on; this was the latest skirmish in the Great Culture War of 2019. Obviously, ever the contrarian, Bardon decided Folau wouldn’t win the case.
If he’d gone to court, perhaps he wouldn’t. But, as we say in our house, “if me mam had wheels she’d be a trolley“.
I daren’t look at Pirate Pete’s opinion piece on the settlement. I genuinely haven’t read it but I imagine it will contain virtue signalling to the diverse (but not religious brown people), wokescolding against the religious bigots (but only one type), and soft criticism of Rugby Australia for signing inadequate contracts of employment.
As I have said repeatedly on this subject, I don’t care nor want to know what an athlete’s views are on theology.
I also would prefer to live in a world where those views, as long as they don’t call for violence, don’t result in them losing their job either.
Finally, the heuristic remains; if you need to quickly determine what is correct or to predict the future, check what Peter Fitzsimons has preached and assume the 180 degree position.