Last night, AFL great Barry Hall was fired from Triple M’s AFL commentary team just hours into the broadcast.
Hall and his co-commentators should have been talking about football.
They should have been discussing the night’s upcoming AFL game between the Western Bulldogs and Geelong.
Instead, Hall made a crude, vile, and utterly obscene comment which had no place in last night’s broadcast.
A comment which ultimately sexualised the pregnancy of a woman – the pregnancy of one of Hall’s co-commentators wives, Leigh Montagna’s wife Erin.
Hall made a rape joke, insinuating that Erin’s obstetrician acted in a sexually inappropriate way.
His co-commentators, fellow AFL great Nathan Brown, journalist Damien Barrett and commentator Mark Howard laughed along with the ‘joke’.
Hall was sacked virtually immediately from Triple M and an apology was issued on air.
He did not finish his shift.
But although we commend Triple M for their swift action in sacking Hall, it comes with a slice of hypocrisy.
For there is a man in AFL commentary who has done much more than just make inappropriate comments.
A man with a history of sexual assault.
A man with a history of domestic violence.
A man who once kicked a policewoman in the mouth.
And yet no one blinks an eye.
That man is Wayne Carey.
Many people remember Wayne Carey for his affair.