Monday, July 25, 2016

"Jungle" a risky word

Australia.  Football

Fox Sports commentator Steve Roach has come under fire for using the phrase 'jungle ball' to describe the style of play by the New Zealand Warriors during their match against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday.

The former Balmain Tigers player used the phrase mid-way through his commentary on the first half of the game, The Courier Mail reported.

He said it while he was praising the Warriors for forcing another repeat set with a grubber into the Raiders' in-goal area.

'They look pretty structured early on in this game of football, the Warriors,' Roach said.  'We’re used to seeing them play a little bit of jungle ball where they offload the footy at every opportunity, but they’ve been patient so far.'

Viewers were outraged by the comment, with many interpreting it to have a racist connotation.

One Twitter user said: 'Steve Roach - 'jungle ball' eh? Bit of casual racism from the sideline.'

Another commented: 'Who hired Roach again? Fair dinkum. Every time he commentates a Warriors game... 'jungle ball' gets a run.'

Roach reportedly wanted to reference how the Warriors are renowned for their ad-lib football.

He apologised later in the broadcast for his choice of words.



Bird of Paradise said...

P.C. Poppycock getting out of hand i guess they can no longer use the phrase ITS A JUNGLE OUT THERE or like THE JUNGLE BOOK,JUNGLE GYM and GEORGE PF THE JUNGLE the word offends little little snowflakes locked up in their safe space

Olaf Koenders said...

Not that I could give a rat's arse for sports, but the perpetually offended (and perpetually inferior) are at it again, attacking anyone for anything so they can barely hope to elevate themselves above their peers.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Thinking back a few years ago when they wanted to replace Jungle with Rain Forest Woo Hoo these liberals getting more rediculous all the time