Bengaluru, April 30: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner on Tuesday (April 30) clarified his earlier Instagram post and said he is not gay, while his Board offered an apology for any "unintended offence" after his social media post with "boyfriend" Robert Jubb led to speculation that he is homosexual.
The cricketer, who turned 29 on Monday (April 29) posted a picture of him with his housemate Jubb and his mother Roslyn Faulkner celebrating his birthday with the hashtag #togetherfor5years. He described Jubb as his boyfriend in it.
"Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjubbsta and my mother @roslyn_carol_faulkner #togetherfor5years," read a caption of Faulkner's Instagram post.
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A post shared by James Faulkner (@jfaulkner44) on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:10am PDT
The post went viral and led to several fans congratulating him for coming out of the closet. However, he clarified on Tuesday that he is not homosexual.
"There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however, it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community," he posted.
"Let's never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being housemates! Good on everyone for being so supportive," he added.
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There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.
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Cricket Australia offered an apology for the misunderstanding that was created by Faulkner's post and insisted that the player never intended it to be a joke.
"Cricket Australia does not consider the social commentary this morning from James Faulkner to be a joke, nor does James," it said in a statement.
"His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend, and housemate of five years. He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship," it added.
The CA said it understands that coming out can be emotionally tough.
"The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive. Cricket Australia apologises for any unintended offence," it concluded.
In 2011, former England international Steven Davies became the first cricketer to reveal that he is gay.
(With inputs from agencies)