The Newcastle Knights NRL club says it does not support comments made by a player on social media about homosexuality and gay marriage.
Ryan Stig posted his thoughts on Twitter after the ACT passed laws to allow same sex marriage last week.
The 23-year-old, who has been sidelined through injury for more than 12 months, will be off-contract with the Knights from Friday.
His comments included a description of homosexually as a good example of a ‘distortion of design’ and that Christian leaders are succumbing to a politically correct notion by supporting marriage equality.
He also compares homosexuality to alcoholism.
The Knights say the comments are the personal opinion of Stig, based on his own beliefs, and do not reflect those of the club.
In a statement the Knights say they do “not discriminate against any person or race whether they are a player, supporter or employee within our organisation”.
“We offer equal opportunities for any person to play a role in our Club and do not support the views of Ryan Stig.”