Sunday, November 23, 2014

More incorrectness in sport

People in sport tend to be tough in more ways than one so caution about delicate sensitivities does not come naturally to them

The crisis engulfing Wigan Athletic over the appointment of Malky Mackay has deepened after owner Dave Whelan gave an interview in which he claimed "Jewish people chase money" and insisted using the word "chinks" is not racist.

Whelan is facing the full force of the Football Association's rules on discrimination barely 24 hours after choosing to give Mackay a job in defiance of its ongoing investigation into racist, sexist and homophobic text messages exchanged by the Scot during his period at Cardiff City.

Then came Whelan's interview with The Guardian in which the 77-year-old former Blackburn Rovers player attempted to defend some of the deeply offensive text messages exchanged by Mackay and former colleague Iain Moody.

Asked about a text being investigated by the FA which allegedly referred to "chinks", Whelan said: "If any Englishman said he has never called a Chinaman 'a chink' he is lying. There is nothing bad about doing that. It is like calling the British Brits, or the Irish paddies."

Whelan also sought to defend a message he said had been sent by Mackay which said of Phil Smith, a football agent who is Jewish: "Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers."

Whelan was quoted by The Guardian as saying: "I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don't think that's offensive at all. It's telling the truth. Jewish people love money, English people love money; we all love money."

Whelan, when contacted by The Daily Telegraph, denied he had intended to infer Jewish people liked money "more than everybody else", as well as standing by his statement that "chink" was not an offensive term.

His remarks were condemned by Simon Johnson, the former FA executive who is now chief executive at the Jewish Leadership Council.


1 comment:

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals are so super sensitive when it comes to certian thing execpt when it comes to conservatives