Australian cricketer James Faulkner is being heralded around the world this morning after what appeared to be a very legitimate ‘coming out’ post on Instagram.
His teammates added their support, admiring his “courage”.
However the post was quickly edited when news started to break on Tuesday morning.
Faulkner appeared to pour cold water on the news by adding ‘(best mate!!!)’ to the caption that now reads “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend (best mate!!!)” and still includes the hashtag #togetherfor5years.
A Cricket Australia spokesman then said that Faulkner’s post had been “misinterpreted”, adding that the person he is posing with is his business partner.
It would have made Faulkner the first male professional Australian cricketer to ‘come out’.
Faulkner celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday.
Cricketing teammates were quick to congratulate Faulkner, with fellow all rounder Glenn Maxwell commenting “great courage”.
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who recently came out in support of Tony Abbott who was against same-sex marriage, wrote: “Good on ya mate. Have a lovely birthday Jimmy.”
Fast bowler Shaun Tait commented: “Bet u feel better”.
The post has had more than 20,000 likes.
Faulkner has played 1 test match, 69 one-day internationals and 24 T20 internationals for Australia. He most recently featured in the KFC Big Bash for the Hobart Hurricanes.
James Faulkner right now… pic.twitter.com/faLAB7wcSW
— Tyler Robertshaw (@Tyler84920676) April 29, 2019