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Gay rugger Ian Roberts lashes out at homophobic boxer Anthony Mundine

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Mundine likens gay adults to pedophiles and talks about executing them.

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Ian Roberts played professional rugby in Australia and is one of the great LGBTQ sports trailblazers.
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Openly gay former professional rugby player Ian Roberts has lashed out at the absurd anti-gay statements of boxer Anthony Mundine.

To review, Mudine has opened the public conversation to putting gay people in modern culture to death.

“If we were to live in a society, just like in Aboriginal culture, that homosexuality is forbidden and you do it and the consequences are capital punishment or death, you think you are going to do it? Or think twice about doing it?” Mundine previously asked, according to The Australian.

Mundine said that two gay adults — like my husband and me having been together for 15 years — wanting equal recognition of our relationship are encouraging pedophiles.

“Because they are pushing these gay rights so much in the Western world, the pedophiles out there want their rights,” he said, also according to The Australian. “Now they are going to claim to have rights. They want their rights just like the gay people want their rights.”

Roberts was downright pissed off.

“There are people dealing with their insecurities about this and are sitting in silence and not telling anyone else and then they hear that … they might not have heard anything else on the radio or news that week but they heard that,” Roberts said.

“There a kids in the suburbs killing themselves because of shit like that, because of f---wits like that”

Sadly Mundine actually represents a portion of the population who thinks that gay men equal rapists, thieves and pedophiles. Thankfully their nonsense is increasingly in the distinct minority.

Roberts was one of the world’s first professional athletes to come out publicly as gay. In 2011 Outsports listed his coming out as the 11th most-important moment in LGBTQ sports history.