According to the UK Telegraph, Swann has endured “a miserable [Ashes] series, taking seven wickets in three one-sided defeats, prompting former England captain Bob Willis to call for the spinner to be sacked.” That, or he could just take his own advice?
In a tasteless and not-at-all comparable analogy – pun not intended – English cricketer Graeme Swann has overnight likened England’s third successive Ashes defeat to being “a***-raped” in a decidedly un-chill Facebook tête-à-tête conducted with his brother and since made public.
Suffering from a dire case of #nofilter FOMO, Swann made the comment in response to his brother Alec’s inane status update – is there any other kind? – describing a pleasant night out watching English band Shed Seven in Northhampton, with “[I’d] Rather have been there than being a***-raped in Perth!”
The seditious sentiment has since been condemned by rape charities, foremost by chief executive of Rape Crisis, Yvonne Traynor, who has called on Swann to apologise for the “appalling” remarks: “We are appalled that Graeme Swann equates a cricket match with the devastatingly serious crime of rape. It is the duty of a people in the public eye to make sure that their own distorted views are kept to themselves and not shared with the general public. These comments lack compassion and intelligence and he should apologise to anyone who has suffered from this heinous crime.”