Rugby League Club jersey controversy gives rise to positives

Daly Cherry-Evans, captain of the Manly Warlinger Rugby League, has taken a positive stance since the controversial week when the team decided to wear an LGBTQ-inspired uniform at the match Thursday night. I think it can be taken. It led to seven players who refused to play for religious or cultural reasons.

Cherry-Evans told the media after the Sea Eagles lost to the Sydney Roosters 20-10, saying it was important to understand the background and perspective of all players.

“If we’re here trying to express inclusiveness and diversity to play in this jersey, why can’t we go there and understand and accept what people have done?” I think. Said..

Cherry-Evans added that there are many emotions involved in the issue, and despite the different views of the players, it is possible to “get the team together like never before”.

“So, as I said, I always see opportunities for things, and I think this is an opportunity for us to get together, understand a little more about each other, learn from them, and move on.” I did.

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The Sea Eagles Daily Cherry Evans (2nd L) will defend during the Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters rugby league match on July 28, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Glenn Nicholls / AFP, Getty Images)

This is due to the lack of talks on the decision to wear a rainbow-striped jersey after coach De Hustler apologized to seven players who refused to play “due to confusion, discomfort, and pain” on Tuesday. May have caused.

“We accept your cultural beliefs and hope you can accept our apologies,” he said.

Hustler wants the club to be able to learn from experience

Speaking with Cherry Evans after the match on Thursday night, Hustler saw the experience as a learning opportunity.

“It was very emotional in all the different ways, but as long as we are human and we take some learning lessons from them and we grow up, I think,” he said. Told.

“And I honestly … I have a little work to do, but as long as I sympathize with each other’s goals, I’ll get there.”

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(LR) Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles and Sea Eagles coach Dehasler speaks to the media on July 26, 2022 at 4 Pines Park in Sydney, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Matt King / Getty Images)

Despite the lack of power that robbed the Roosters of the field, Hustler was totally pleased with their performance.

“Given the lead-in, resizing, four debuters, and the people with COVID and the people returning from COVID, it was a pretty brave effort,” he said.

“They might have done a few things a little better, but given the short turnarounds and preparations, that wasn’t a bad sign.”

Limiting the amount pushed to athletes

Cherry-Evans said that in order to further commercialize the game, sports need to be careful about how much social representation they impose on players, and each rugby league team is very diverse and already comprehensive. I emphasized that.

“So how much do we need to do as athletes … we already have so much we’re trying to express that the club is trying to get you to express it.” He said.

“So, at some stage, I think we need to understand that sports are pretty inclusive. It’s not perfect, it has boundaries. But from the time in the game, it’s what we talk about tonight. I know that it represents a lot of things.

“But unfortunately, when people are in a position to do something they don’t want to do, I think it’s when they see a position like tonight,” Cherry Evans said.

Steve Milne


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