Gay TikTok icon Scott O’Halloran calls for Manly players to be SACKED over jersey

Gay TikTok icon delivers scathing warning to the Manly players who refused to wear the pride jersey ahead of tonight’s game and his message to the team wearing the rainbow stripe: ‘Put me on the field I’ll take them on’

  • EXCLUSIVE: TikTok star Scott O’Halloran has called for Manly to sack  players
  • Said he will ‘take on the seven ‘ himself and the club shouldn’t have apologised
  • Hopes players who sport the jersey will be met with a ‘huge roar’ and applause 

A gay TikTok star has doubled down on calls for the seven ‘homophobic’ Manly Sea Eagles players to be sacked following their refusal to wear the pride jersey.

Scott O’Halloran from Melbourne was branded ‘incredibly well articulated’ for his composure in a now-viral video where he questioned the players place to ‘define the validity of that jersey’.

Now, speaking exclusively to FEMAIL he praised the members of the team that are stepping up to play in the inclusive jumper and said he would happily ‘go on the field and take on the players by himself’.

The Sea Eagles unveiled the jumper – called Everyone in League – on Monday to promote inclusivity of LGBTQ+ people in the NRL.

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Scott O'Halloran from Melbourne was branded 'incredibly well articulated' for his composure in a now-viral video where he questioned the players place to 'define the validity of that jersey'.

Scott O’Halloran from Melbourne was branded ‘incredibly well articulated’ for his composure in a now-viral video where he questioned the players place to ‘define the validity of that jersey’. 

But star players Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley have refused to run out wearing the ‘inclusive’ jersey. saying that wearing it would be against their religious beliefs.

Their decision has sparked an outpouring of public outrage, including from their own fans and club legends, while others have supported their freedom of religious beliefs.

It has since emerged three players have changed their mind and will play this week following an emergency meeting. 

‘I want to call out the and shout out the players that are stepping on the field tonight,’ Scott told FEMAIL.

‘They’re as important as the homophobes.

‘They deserve a real roar tonight when they go out there. They make me feel included’.

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL he praised the members of the team that are stepping up to play in the inclusive jumper and said he would happily 'go on the field and take on the players by himself'

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL he praised the members of the team that are stepping up to play in the inclusive jumper and said he would happily ‘go on the field and take on the players by himself’

It comes as Scott went viral for his ‘brilliant’ response to the scandal where he branded the group ‘outdated, backwards and homophobic’.

A lot of kids and adults are still coming out to me daily on Instagram and TikTok. ‘Its so important to speak up on this. 

‘Listen up you fellas. When you put on your jersey you represent the sport and your team not your religion, he said in the clip.

‘There are fans at home that are black, white, brown, Christian, Muslim, trans, gay, bi, straight.

‘Who the f*** are you to define the validity of that jersey?

‘Because last time I looked, it’s the members that pay really big bucks, and the sponsors that pay even bigger bucks to keep your a***es employed.’

Speaking to FEMAIL, he added that he feels a ‘responsibility’ to speak up as he has a platform and that many gay people who are not out are scared to speak up on the issue.  

‘A lot of kids and adults are still coming out to me daily on Instagram and TikTok.

‘Its so important to speak up on this.

‘I will be a fierce as I f****** can be. I was given a voice.

‘I am the voice for the ones that are still in the closet.’

Manly players Sean Keppie (left), Kieran Foran (middle) and Reuben Garrick posed with the club's Everyone in League jersey, which was unveiled on Monday. The Sea Eagles unveiled the jumper - called Everyone in League - on Monday to promote inclusivity of LGBT + people in the NRL

Manly players Sean Keppie (left), Kieran Foran (middle) and Reuben Garrick posed with the club’s Everyone in League jersey, which was unveiled on Monday. The Sea Eagles unveiled the jumper – called Everyone in League – on Monday to promote inclusivity of LGBT + people in the NRL 

He added: ‘Last night someone used the term “f******” to me’ seven times in one message.

‘Put me on the field I’ll take these seven players on.

‘I feel like I’m 10 men.

‘I still feel like we’re giving voices to the wrong people. People of influence are being too quiet’.

The now-viral clip begins with Scott’s brother Luke explaining that he’s just sent him a news article.

‘I’m pretty sure you’re about to blow up,’ he says, before asking ‘what are your thoughts?’.

Scott went viral for his 'brilliant' response to the scandal where he branded the group 'outdated, backwards and homophobic'.

Scott went viral for his ‘brilliant’ response to the scandal where he branded the group ‘outdated, backwards and homophobic’.

Seven Manly Sea Eagles stars vowed to step down from Thursday's must-win match against the Sydney Roosters because of the new gay pride jersey

Scott has now asked Manly to make the players step down for their 'outdated, backwards and homophobic views'.

Seven Manly Sea Eagles stars vowed to step down from Thursday’s must-win match against the Sydney Roosters because of the new gay pride jersey. Scott has now asked Manly to make the players step down for their ‘outdated, backwards and homophobic views

Scott then says he’s ‘not surprised’ before launching a vicious tirade against the players.

Speaking to FEMAIL Luke said he wanted to make sure he was included in the clip to show he’s an ally.

‘That’s the biggest thing Scott’s keen on.

‘And it was an easy thing do. Everyone can do a thing in their own way.’

He added that Manly Sea Eagles had the first ever NRL player to out as gay and that they missed a ‘massive opportunity’ to rally round and educated people. 

In 1995, Ian Roberts became the first ever NRL player to come out as gay. Speaking about the fiasco last week he said it ‘breaks my heart’ and that the ‘feeling isn’t unfamiliar’.

Manly winger Jason Saab

Sea Eagles winger Christian Tuipulotu

Manly wingers Jason Saab and Christian Tuipulotu are among the players who oppose wearing the jersey on religious grounds 

Toafofoa Sipley (left) of the Sea Eagles is tackled by Ben Condon of the Cowboys. Sipley is among the players who refuse to wear the new jersey

Toafofoa Sipley (left) of the Sea Eagles is tackled by Ben Condon of the Cowboys. Sipley is among the players who refuse to wear the new jersey

Scott added that last night he took a phone call over Instagram from a heterosexual married man who has been a member of Manly Sea Eagles for decades.

The man told Scott he’d cancelled his membership because they were ‘out of touch’ with the membership after coach Des Hasler apologised to his players over the debacle.  

‘This club does not represent true fans, he was heartbroken,’ Scott explained.

‘I said to him “are you a sure? I’m so passionate about my team”

‘He said “This club is no long representing their fans’.

‘They’ve given light to the seven homophobes.

Haumole Olakau'atu (pictured) is a missionary at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), otherwise known as the Mormon Church

Haumole Olakau’atu (pictured) is a missionary at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), otherwise known as the Mormon Church

Josh Aloiai of the Sea Eagles (left) takes the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons on July 22 this year

Josh Aloiai of the Sea Eagles (left) takes the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons on July 22 this year

They apologised and said they weren’t included.

‘It’s the ultimate slap in the face to players.

Scott added: ‘They copped out by apologising to he homophobes.

‘If there was no homophobia the shirts wouldn’t sell out.

‘These seven people are not representing the members or their club

‘They should be stood down for good.

‘It’s damaging and hurtful what they’re standing up for.’.

Scott added that the Manly players – ‘choose their faith’ but he did not ‘choose his sexuality’.

Scott says he's 'not surprised' by the 'homophobic' actions before launching a vicious tirade against the players

Scott says he’s ‘not surprised’ by the ‘homophobic’ actions before launching a vicious tirade against the players

‘They’re choosing to be homophobic. They pick and chose when their religion suits  their backwards views,’ he said.

‘They’re fine with gambling adverts and alcohol, which both lead to domestic violence, but they think the way I was born is the ultimate sin, well f*** you’.

Scott also said he’d had an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to speaking out, and he wishes more people with influence did ‘on the same way they speak out topics like racism’. 

‘We don’t have time to waste. There’s kids in the closet today who don’t have time to waste who are watching it.

‘i was in the closet for 24 years. Its taken me another 12 years to undo those lies. The earlier we can intercept the better.’.

He added that clubs like Manly need to ‘stop apologising’ and ‘bring gay people in’ and ‘give them a voice’.  

‘They need to know why that hurt and the importance of acceptance.

‘How that goes and how it stems through life. Why do we wanna put people through unnecessary pain?  

‘It would be great to see athletes this weekend supporting the cause, whether that’s jerseys or rainbow laces or wristbands’.

Scott’s scathing rant in full 

The clip begins with Scott’s brother Luke explaining that he’s just sent him a news article.    

‘I’m pretty sure you’re about to blow up,’ he says, before asking ‘what are your thoughts?’.

Scott then says he’s ‘not surprised’ before launching a vicious tirade against the players.

‘Listen up you fellas. When you put on your jersey you represent the sport and your team not your religion, he said.

‘There are fans at home that are black, white, brown, Christian, Muslim, trans, gay, bi,  straight.

‘Who the f*** are you to define the validity of that jersey?

‘Because last time I looked, it’s the members that pay really big bucks, and the sponsors that pay even bigger bucks to keep your a***es employed.

‘Now you either go and chuck that jersey on and you do your job or I’m asking your club to stand you down permanently for your outdated, your backwards and your homophobic views because let’s be really f***ing clear here it’s got nothing to do with religion.

‘I have a lot of religious friends that do not have a problem with my sexuality at all.’

He then goes on to ask AFL players,  people of faith and NRL fans and players to share the message to ‘stand with the LGBTQI+ community’.

‘Let us know that we are included in Australian sports. Be an ally and not a homophobe it’s really f***** ugly and tiring’.

 

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