AFL great Barry Hall has been sacked by FM radio network Triple M after making a vulgar on-air comment.
At the time, Hall was speaking to former St Kilda player and co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat at Friday night’s clash between the Western Bulldogs and Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
Hall commented on the impending birth of Montagna’s child, suggesting her obstetrician ought to touch her in order to stimulate the birth. The remark was excessively sexual.
Mamamia has heard the segment, and has chosen not to publish the exact contents of Hall’s comment at this time as it may be distressing for some readers.
If you do wish to hear the segment, you can listen here.
Montagna’s wife Erin is due to give birth to the couple’s first baby next week.
“Tonight on Triple M Football, there were unacceptable and inappropriate comments made by a member of the commentary team,” head of content Mike Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
“The commentator was removed immediately from the broadcast and an apology was issued on air afterwards.
“Immediate action was taken with the termination of employment for one team member.”
Journalists and listeners responded to Hall’s comment and termination on social media.
Triple M have sacked Barry Hall. Was filling in on tonight’s match when he made an inappropriate comment in a pre-match chat. Was told not to finish his shift and now has been sacked by the station.
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) June 29, 2018
Just heard what ex AFL player, Barry Hall said on radio.
What an utterly disgraceful, obscene, inappropriate thing to say at any time, to anyone, about anyone.
AFL can have all Respect Women Matches they want, but they have to realise they have a misogynistic cultural problem.
— Dean Rosario (@DeanRosario) June 29, 2018