In the wake of immense backlash, radio host and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has this morning said his comments about drowning Fairfax football journalist Caroline Wilson were all just “banter”, that he was just “cracking gags” at her expense.
But Wilson isn’t having a bar of it.
She told 3AW this morning that she thinks McGuire crossed a line, that the language he used was nothing short of “vicious”.
“I think he gets away with a lot because people are scared of him,” she told the station. “And because I occasionally take him to task and stand up to him, he doesn’t like it.”
The controversial comments were made by McGuire, North Melbourne president James Brayshaw and former St Kilda captain Danny Frawleyon radio last Monday, while discussing the “Big Freeze at the G”, an event in which celebrities slide into icy water to raise money for motor neurone disease.
“In fact I reckon we should start the campaign for a one-person slide next year,” McGuire said. “Caroline Wilson. And I’ll put in 10 grand straight away — make it 20. And, if she stays under, 50.”
“What do you reckon guys? Who else is up there? I know you’re in JB,” he said to James Brayshaw.
Brayshaw replied: “No, yep, straight in.”
Frawley then said, “I’ll be in amongst it Ed.”
“I’ll actually jump in and make sure she doesn’t — I’ll hold her under, Ed.”
Wilson suggested McGuire’s comments were in part a backlash against a recent opinion piece, in which she suggested that he should consider a succession plan for the presidency of the Collingwood Football Club.
“He was clearly very unhappy with the column. I think he feels that I burnt him,” she told 3AW. “I would hope that any journo, male or female, can write without fear or favour and not get that sort of stuff in return.”