After the furore yesterday over AFL club bosses Eddie McGuire and James Brayshaw‘s bizarre and bloody stupid joke about drowning journo Caroline Wilson, the two have provided separate apologies over their remarks – but no official public statements as of yet. This comes in the wake of a statement from the AFL that their comments “could be seen to encourage violence against women”.
Peter Ford tells @RossAndJohn -‘Eddie McGuire has been told he must apologise to Caroline Wilson or resign.’
— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) June 19, 2016
Anything that can be perceived to promulgate domestic violence is unacceptable.That was the least of anyone’s intention. The day was based on good humour, sledging of each other and tomfoolery.In raising money for motor neurone disease, all day everyone was cracking gags at each other’s expense and that was the tone, clearly, of the banter.However, on White Ribbon weekend, we have to be ever-vigilant in stamping out anything that can be misconstrued one iota as supporting the abhorrent act of domestic violence.
McGuire is understood to have sent Wilson a text message yesterday.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 19, 2016