@Kirwan said in The Folau Factor:
If it was less than his contract he would have gone to court, he's not shown any indication of backing down before this. And with all the cash to fund it, why would he take less?
Of the two parties in this dispute, you could argue Israel is the more erratic. I admit I was surprised when the settlement was announced, as I was under the impression from his words that this wasn't about money at all, it was about religious freedom.
He wanted his day in court, and so did his backers. After all it wasn't just about him and his cash, it was about everyday religious people across the country and indeed the globe.
However, there's a chance that he just wanted to get on with his life. I've heard from people close to this saga that he genuinely wants to play for the Wallabies again, and until recently thought that there was a strong chance he could do that.
Clearly the court case affected his playing prospects, and maybe he just wanted it over with so he can get back on the field. So RA offers to pay out his contract and apologise, he can claim a victory of sorts and get on with his life.
Of course the flipside is that he was intent on fighting the fight until RA caved and offered him $6-8m. But given his initial claim was $14m, it was still a downgrade from what he wanted.
We will never really know how much it was, so all we can do is speculate.