Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has defended a ‘joke’ about drowning The Age chief football writer Caroline Wilson, saying they were remarks made “in the spirit of the fun of the day”.
Caroline Wilson has had to endure a lot from her so-called professional colleagues
McGuire was condemned on social media for saying he would pay $50,000 to see Wilson stay under a pool of iced water and charge an extra $10,000 for “everyone to stand around the outside and bomb her”.
Eddie McGuire drops the ball
And then from Danny Frawley
I’ll actually jump in and make sure she doesn’t — I’ll hold her under, Ed.
Danny Frawley: a big supporter of respect for women
All this comes on top of Sam Newman’s appalling behaviour in 2009.
Sam Newman’s treatment of Carolyn Wilson should have seen himbanned from television for life
So let’s hope that Danny Frawley can explain to his wife and three daughters why this kind of behaviour is acceptable. And then he should run the argument past the public and Carolyn Wilson.
Perhaps it is too much to think that the AFL will sanction McGuire or that the Collingwood football club would decide that this is one bridge too far.
Just as the women’s competition takes off in Melbourne, McGuire spoils the parade.
It’s not enough to say that it was a joke or that it was a massive error of judgement. These are standard excuses that celebrities offer when they make complete dick-heads of themselves.
What you said was not joke, Eddie. Perhaps you should try to explain why people shouldn’t think that this is the real Eddie McGuire speaking.
It is also time that Carolyn Wilson called out McGuire on this issue and took a strong stand on misogyny in the football media.