Whatever happened to freedom of speech in Australia. Rugby star apologises for 'offending fans' after declaring his love for Jesus and quoting the Bible at Easter.
Queensland Reds captain Samu Kerevi has apologised for 'offending' fans after declaring 'I love Jesus' in an Instagram post at Easter.
The rugby star caused controversy among fans when he shared a Bible verse on his Instagram account on Easter Thursday.
The 25-year-old Fijian-born sports star posted a picture of him from a recent match with the caption: '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.
The rugby star also added 'Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I love you Jesus.'
While most fans supported Kerevi for promoting his religious beliefs, some questioned whether he would publicly declare his support for gay Australians.
'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?' wrote one fan.
"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." - John 3:16
Kerevi later apologised for upsetting some fans with his Easter post, The Australian reported.
The rugby ace dedicated his apology 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'.