It’s always sad when people you thought you could admire do and say bullshit things – such is the case with Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser, who this morning, told Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic that both should “go back to where their parents came from.”
Kyrgios made a controversial exit from Wimbledon overnight, with some in the media accusing him of “tanking” in his match against France’s Richard Gasquet. He says nothing of the sort happened, but Fraser still lashed out at him for his performance.
“I think it’s absolutely disgusting. I just am so shocked to think that, y’know, he went out there to play and he tanked … he did all that tanking, that’s terrible,” she said. “That’s not a good Australian sports person.”
Shit got very racist indeed when Lisa Wilkinson asked Fraser to give her take on the culture of entitlement surrounding successful and well-paid young athletes like Kyrgios.
“I think they’ve got too much money at a very early age,” she said. “I think they’re being ill-advised by their management, and they should be setting a better example for the younger generation of this great country of ours.”
“If they don’t like it, they can go back to where their fathers or their parents came from – y’know, we don’t need here them here in this country … We’ve got to set a very good example for the younger generation.”
RIGHTO, THEN. Better stock up on your limited Wimbledon 2015 edition Dawn Fraser: Fuck Off, We’re Full bumper stickers, then.
Kyrgios has already responded, taking to his Facebook with an angry post about Fraser’s remarks, calling her a “blatant racist”.
Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion,…
(Though it’s hardly worth mentioning, Fraser also incorrectly noted that both Kyrgios and Tomic have been bounced from the coming Davis Cup tie in Darwin – only Tomic has, following his comments regarding Tennis Australia).