ASICS ditches Folau, legal bills mounting

ESPN Scrum 08 May 2019 09:46
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The hits keep coming for Israel Folau, with ASICS ditching the fallen Wallabies superstar as an ambassador.

The footwear giant said they could no longer sponsor Folau because their values "no longer align".

"ASICS is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society. We believe sport is for everyone and we champion inclusivity and diversity," the company said in a statement.

Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones earlier on Wednesday claimed Folau was "at peace" as he weighed up the potentially crippling cost of his bitter legal battle with Rugby Australia.

Folau is awaiting sanctioning after an independent panel on Tuesday found him guilty of a "high level" breach of his contract for his controversial social media posts.

Should the panel choose the most severe level of punishment in their power and terminate his four-year, $4 million contract, it's expected the dual international will appeal.

But with insiders estimating Folau would have already outlaid in excess of $100,000 on legal representation for his landmark code of conduct hearing, the three-time John Eales Medallist may at some point ask himself if it is all worth it.

Had the panel deemed Folau's breach of RA's players' code of conduct anything less than "high level", the governing body would not have had the power to boot the devout Christian out of the game.

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