The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a NSW forward will be investigated for allegedly using the word “faggot” when addressing two different Brumbies players in the second half of the blockbuster derby at Allianz Stadium. The Brumbies made a formal complaint after the match.
Brumbies flanker David Pocock took the allegation to referee Craig Joubert in the 67th minute as his side trailed by 10 points, and made his concerns known again in the 72nd minute. Joubert said he did not hear the remarks – allegedly made at scrum time – but asked NSW captain Michael Hooper to have a word to his forwards.
“I’m getting some pretty aggressive comments coming from your guys – that there are homophobic slurs [being made],” Joubert said. Hooper replied: “We’re not into that”.
But that did little to satisfy Pocock, who is a vocal supporter for same sex marriage rights.
Sounds to me like Pocock needs to maybe give up rugby and go play netball.
These inquistions have to stop and I don’t know why the players tolerate such attacks upon their civil rights. No one should ever expect to go through life completely un-offended, and any immature desire for that fantastical state to exist has to take a back seat to freedom of expression. We are free men, and not subject to the wittering complaints and dictates of puffed up authoritarian social engineers.