Sonny Bill Williams has ignited yet another storm on social media, with the footy legend sharing a message from woman-hating social media influencer Andrew Tate, who is in jail awaiting trial for alleged sex trafficking.
Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were arrested in December on suspicion of rape and human trafficking in Romania, and remain in custody after two women were allegedly held against their will and coerced into creating paid pornography.
The viral social media star and kickboxer is renowned for his extremist, misogynistic views and continues to sprout his bizarre thoughts from his jail cell, including comparing himself to Nelson Mandela.
And it appears he has one very high-profile supporter in Williams – who is a Muslim, like Tate.
‘Ameen’ Williams wrote to a comment Tate sharing on his social media saying: ‘Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear’.
Footy legend Sonny Bill Williams shared a message from social media misogynist Andrew Tate, who is in jail awaiting trial for alleged rape and sex trafficking
Sonny Bill Williams, who is a Muslim, has taken to social media to support controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate
Tate (pictured handcuffed to brother Tristan as he enters court) is in a Romanian jail awaiting trial on rape and sex trafficking charges
Ameen is the Islamic version of Christianity’s ‘amen’.
Fans could not believe the former NRL premiership hero, champion boxer, Super Rugby champ and Rugby World Cup winner would show his support for a man with such violent views about women.
‘You know why Tate’s in a jail cell? C’mon, man. Do better’, one wrote, with another saying he had seriously damaged his reputation with his support of such an extremist figure.
‘Mate, utmost respect for what you’ve accomplished in life and what you put out out there to help others…but to retweet this piece of s**t…yeah…that’s some serious damage to who I thought you were,’ the fan commented.
Others questioned whether Williams would be happy to let his daughters be around a man who has previously said women are a ‘man’s property’ and must ‘bear responsibility’ for rape.
‘Do better. This man is using religion as a shield. He isn’t a believer, he’s a manipulator and you bought into it. I’m sure all his victims and everyone he has abused and shamed appreciate your blessing of him,’ another fan wrote on Williams’ social media post.
This isn’t the first time Williams has publicly supported Tate.
On March 3 he shared a video posted by a Tate supporter, accompanied by a love heart and ‘praise’ emoji, in which called for the brothers to be released from jail with the hashtag ‘#FreeTheTates’.
It provoked a fierce backlash from former fans of the footy legend, who Daily Mail Australia revealed last month wrote an extreme ‘transphobic’ tweet, which was later deleted.
Sonny Bill Williams has also shared this video that calls for the Tate brothers to be freed from jail
‘Sad to see a former idol like Sonny Bill wanting his daughters to grow up in a world where they will be held down by a misogynist like Tate,’ one fan wrote about Williams’ support for the brothers.
‘From sporting giant to utter joke in one tweet. Impressive’, a disgusted follower wrote, with others referring to the post as ‘yuck’, ‘gross’ and expressing complete disbelief Williams would side with him.
‘So you’re all talking ideals and virtue-signalling Logan Paul and you come up with THIS? Are you freaking serious? You lost a fan here mate,’ commented one follower, who was backed up by many: ‘Talk about going from a childhood hero to absolute zero in a single tweet’.
Sonny Bill Williams and wife Alana with children Iman, Aisha, Zaid and Essa
Williams took aim at boxer and social media sensation Logan Paul last week after his brother was defeated by Tommy Fury.
He labelled Paul a ‘tool’ and a ‘man that stands for nothing’ before saying ‘I just don’t want my sons to be like him (Paul) or all the other tools or so called influencers that have no moral compass.’
It has led many on social media to ask why he wouldn’t want his sons to be like Paul but is okay with supporting an alleged sex trafficker who has violent and extreme views about women – when he has two young daughters.
Williams, who is married famously converted to Islam in 2009, has been married to wife Alana for nine years and the pair have two daughters and two sons: Iman, Aisha, Zaid and Essa.
While he hasn’t officially confirmed his retirement from boxing – and hence his retirement from professional sport – it is expected he won’t fight anymore after being thrashed by Mark Hunt last year.