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Rugby Player Voted Out Of His Club For Being Gay: VIDEO

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A rugby club in New Zealand has denied claims that a former gay player was voted out because of his sexuality, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

ClaydonNow based in Sydney, Australia, Jay Claydon says that when his teammates found out that he was gay, they held a vote behind his back to remove him from the club.

Both clubs that Claydon played for at senior level in 2006 and 2007 have refuted the player's claims.  Sources close to Claydon’s family have also backed up one of the club’s assertions and Don Fisher, a former coach at Claydon’s second club, said that there were no issues with the player who was ”a valued member of our club."

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Claydon said he discovered when he moved to Australia in 2008 that homophobic slurs were an accepted part of sporting culture and that he felt compelled to keep his sexuality secret for fear of being ostracised.

"It's such a stereotype, but at most clubs they see a gay guy and think you can't be sporty or masculine. They think that you're weak or you're not as tough as them. Even when they didn't know I was gay I'd hear the word 'faggot' all the time."

The Fairfax Media article also cited a new study, Out On The Fields, which was commissioned by organisers of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby World Cup, which will be held in Sydney in August.

The reports revealed that 85% of gay athletes had experienced or witnessed homophobic abuse.

Last year, Claydon joined the Sydney Convicts, Australia's first gay rugby union club.

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  1. Voted out — for excessive HOTNESS.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Jul 17, 2014 3:09:56 PM


  2. Ok... so he claims that he was, and they deny the claim. Technically the onus is on him to prove his case, not them. Not that this is a court of law, of course, but still, maybe the headline of this article should read "Rugby player claims he was voted out of his club for being gay," or even the more sensationalistic "Gay rugby star: 'I was voted out of my club for being gay!'"

    Posted by: Zell | Jul 17, 2014 3:23:26 PM


  3. watching rugby practice was a pastime in college. even back then, players were glbt friendly...what's up with new zealand?

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 17, 2014 3:25:05 PM


  4. He has stated he was voted out.
    That statement is evidence.
    So get a deposition from all the others; see if they deny the truth of what he says.
    But as you say, @ ZELL, it's not a court of law.

    Sounds like a lot of mean spirited guys ganging up on the gay guy.
    No shock there.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 17, 2014 5:36:07 PM


  5. He has stated he was voted out.
    That statement is evidence.
    So get a deposition from all the others; see if they deny the truth of what he says.
    But as you say, @ ZELL, it's not a court of law.

    Sounds like a lot of mean spirited guys ganging up on the gay guy.
    No shock there.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 17, 2014 5:36:08 PM


  6. That statement is not "evidence", that statement is an accusation.

    Club #1 says he was voted out, but not because he was gay. Someone close to his family says the club is telling the truth.

    Club #2 says he wasn't voted out *at all* and that they had no problem with him as a team member for any reason.

    So far the weight of "evidence" is with the clubs. He's the one making the accusation, the burden of proof is on him.

    Posted by: Nora Charles | Jul 18, 2014 6:29:58 AM


  7. Yes, but Nora darling, of course the clubs are going to say that.

    We need to investigate further.

    Posted by: Nick Charles | Jul 18, 2014 7:40:24 AM


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