Beefy Botham puts his ‘sexist’ foot in it

2013-08-14 00:00

SOCIAL networks and online news services were abuzz yesterday following former English cricket captain Ian Botham’s comment, deemed by some to be sexist, during Monday’s final day of the fourth Ashes Test.

Botham, now a commentator with British broadcasters Sky, said before presenting a highlights package: “So if you’ve just got in … if you were dragged to the supermarket by the wife, here are the wickets.”

The comment elicited angry responses from Twitter, but as the day progressed there were others who jumped to his defence, suggesting that those offended by the comment were overreacting.

It is not the first time that sports commentators have found themselves in hot water after a slip of the tongue.

These are some of the more memorable slip-ups that made it through the microphone and onto the air: “The terrorist has got another wicket” — Australian cricket commentator Dean Jones in 2006, referring to a Hashim Amla catch.

“Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.” — English football commentator Andy Gray in 2011, thinking his mic was off the air.

“I just wonder if her dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14 maybe, ‘listen, you are never going to be, you know, a looker’.” — BBC tennis commentator John Inverdale speaking after Marion Bartoli’s Wimbledon triumph this year.

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