Australian rugby player Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies, has apologized for sharing his religious beliefs on social media after an Easter post drew backlash amid controversy surrounding one of his teammates on the Australian national team.
The 25-year-old Queensland Reds captain, posted a photo of himself walking off the field with a Bible verse as the caption.
He wrote: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He added: “Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I love you Jesus.”
Kerevi’s post received mixed reactions. Some fans supported him while some questioned whether he would publicly declare his support for gay Australians in the same way.
One fan wrote: “I know a lot of gay kids and adults in our sport would love to hear a rugby leader like you say you love and respect them for who they are – are you willing to endorse that message?”
Kerevi later ”apologized” to his fans for upsetting them with his Easter post.
In the post, the Fijian-born sport star wrote ” I apologize to anyone that I have offended in giving praise to our God on a weekend that we take off to celebrate his sacrifice for you and I”.